1 John 5:14 (KJV)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
No one truly wants to engage in any unproductive and unprofitable venture in life, especially when it relates to time-consuming things. When and if someone decides to engage in such spiritual activities such as prayer, it must then be that which is indeed both necessary and relevant. It is therefore imperative that we underscore that prayer is a universal thing and that everyone in one way or the other prays to somebody or something.
It then implies that as humans, we tend to believe that we need the help, assistance, and guidance of others. But for the believer, prayer is not just a spiritual exercise, but it is a way of life. It is a command to be obeyed. It is a means of communication. And the good news about it is that the Bible has provided us with principles and directions as to how and what to pray for. Not only do we have these principles, but we also have the assurance of answers from God to whom we pray to in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Our confidence in prayers then rests on the unchangeable nature of God. Because of His nature and character, the one who approaches Him must be assured that He is able and willing to answer. However, we do not have an open blanket as to asking as we wish, rather we are assured that if we ask anything ACCORDING to His Will, He God hears us.
Therefore, the central key then is not my prayer but understanding God’s Will for what am about to pray for or what am praying for. Once I know His will through His Word or the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I then ask in faith. I have an assurance that I am heard and if being heard, then I have what I have asked for. My next step then is to wait in patience and faith with thanksgiving.
It’s important to remember that prayer is necessary for life but as you pray, ensure the following:
- You know the will of God.
- You have faith in God, both in His nature and character as well as His promises.
- You develop the virtue of patience.
- That you learn to wait in and with thanksgiving.
Prayer is a central element in fruitfulness, and you are commanded to be fruitful. Fruitful you are and must be. The power of the curse has been broken.