Do You Believe in Prayer?

2″ If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 21:22

 Jesus did.  He modeled prayer.  He practiced prayer.  He prayed with others and he prayed alone.  If he needed to pray, we need to pray.  If he needed time alone with God, we need time alone with God.

 The world tries to quiet our prayers shouting, “Prayer doesn’t work, so why bother to pray.”  It links our prayers to demands and answers as if the purpose of prayer is to get what you want.  Prayer is not about placing a fast “food” order.  Prayer is a connection and conversation with our Father.

 Did you ever go your parents or a friend with a problem?  Did you go to them and tell them this is what you expected them to do?  This is how you expected them to fix it.?  And if you did, how did that work for you?  To be honest, it never worked for me. 

 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

  Mark 11:24 

When we go to a family member or friend with a problem, most of the time, we are looking for someone to share our pain, our struggles, hopes and fears.  We want someone to listen to us, help  and comfort us. 

 ike a good father, God is overjoyed when his children come to him.  He listens patiently and passionately to our fears, concerns, questions and needs.  He offers us encouragement, support, comfort and direction through the power of the Holy Spirit and His Holy Word, the Bible. He answers our prayers.  I mean isn’t that what we really want when we go to God in prayer.  We want his help, love and support. 

 Seven times in the New Testament Jesus says, “whatever you ask for in prayer” you will receive.  That’s it!  Whatever you ask in prayer, not demand, not when you provide a wish list, but, when you, honestly, go to him in prayer, he will answer. 

 Jesus believes God will answer the prayers of the righteous.  Shouldn’t we?  Do you believe? 

 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” 

  John 15:7