41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. Luke 22:41-43
Prayer is a popular theme in the body of Christ. Having a prayer time that guarantees results must be the desire of every believer. When prayer is properly understood, our time spent praying will not be wasted.
13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” Matthew 21:13
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9
We must understand why we pray. As God’s building, it is expected of us to pray; however, our prayer time must be quality. Quality in the sense that, we cannot have a robust quality prayer time if we are not familiar with the will of the Father. Prayer is not talking to God based on what you feel – it is a communication depending on the Father’s will.
Jesus proved to us that God is not keen on any prayer that is not consistent with His will. We are called God’s building for a purpose. The place to receive the word of God is His house. Moreover, God’s house must also be a place of prayer.
Prayer is communicating with the Father based on His will. His will is delivered through His word. Without appropriate knowledge, and if care is not taken, your prayer time may be full of complaining, bitterness, anguish, and the like, concerning the area you are talking to Him about.
A robust prayer time is therefore a moment of communicating with the Father based on His word. Jesus knew that God’s word to him was to go to the cross and die for the world. There was no way the Father was going to change His mind. I don’t believe any human being could’ve done what Jesus did had he decided not to go to the cross.
If God didn’t change His mind about Jesus’ plea, He certainly will be more than willing to hear you when you talk to him based on His Word concerning any area of your life.
A Quality Prayer Time Must Be Full Of Faith
7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7-8
I have always enjoyed reading Luke 18. The story is so powerful in the sense that, it beautifully summarizes what God expects of us whenever we pray. Jesus asked a simple question: “will the son of man find faith on the earth?” after we pray?
In other words, prayer is incomplete when it is not offered in faith. What then is faith? According to Romans 10:17, faith comes by hearing the word of God. So your prayer time must take place at the moment you have a word in your spirit. Take note of this – we don’t pray because we are in trouble per se – we pray because there is a Word concerning any matter.
Don’t have a prayer time that is full of complaining, sorrow, and above all, lacking faith. Jesus even sweated blood but the Word was fulfilled. Your communication (prayer) must be infused with the will (word) of God. Until that happens, your prayer time will not be fruitful. Stay blessed always
Further Reading: 1 John 5:14-16, Matthew 6:7
Prayer For Today
Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I thank you for your will for my life. I align my prayer to your perfect will. I live by your standards as your power is made perfect in me. My confidence to pray is because you hear me always – for that, I’m forever grateful. Amen