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Prayer

Why do you pray?

John 15:16
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
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Matthew 7:7-11
7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! NKJV

In prayer, we should understand Who we are praying to. It is the power of God we are calling upon. We should learn to understand why God would answer us. That He will answer is made clear from Scripture, but why?

God knows the conditions of our hearts.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." NKJV

True prayers are answered because God looks into our heart and discovers the real reasons behind our requests.

No, No, and No again.

We need to learn to know God. We need to learn to understand God&s character and attributes. Then, we will come to appreciate His generosity and love for us.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. NKJV

This knowledge should not, then, relieve us from the intensity of our prayers, but should show us that we truly pray to a God Who is generous and loving and merciful and full of grace. We pray to a God Who wants to answer our prayers. As we move close to God in our studies, we will gain more and more spiritual understanding. In this fashion we will learn more and more to recognize God&s Will for each situation in our lives. We will, thus, truly be able to pray, "thy will be done."

 

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