Bible Verse: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:7-8
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22–24; Philippians 4:6; James 5:16
If you want to be used by God in your prayer life, you must understand that answers to prayer come within the framework of a relationship with Jesus and His Word. Having His Word in your heart will help you know what to ask for in prayer and provide the faith to ask confidently.
Leonard Ravenhill once said this regarding prayer: “To be much for God, we must be much with God.” Jesus wants us to have answers to our prayers, but He needs us to know we are dependent on Him and His will for our lives. His will is found in His Word, which is where faith begins for all of us. Once we have His Word on the matter, we can pray with faith and believe God for impossible things.
Are you an architect or a historian?
- Architects are crucial for designing building projects. The architect plans, draws and has a vision for the future.
- Historians are crucial for writing about historical events. The historian observes and records so that we can learn from the past.
Consider how different the architect’s task is from the historian’s task. The architect sees the future as they want it to be, while the historian only sees the past as it was. God calls His people to a life of faith and prayer so that we don’t become “spiritual historians” by default – simply observing and discussing the way things are or were. Anyone can do that. God needs someone to believe Him for big things, for future things, and for His will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). God is looking for men who will pray and stand in faith for things even when it seems impossible.
Will you be one of those men?
Prayer is both a responsibility and a privilege. At the start, you may think you don’t have time to build a prayer life, but the truth is, you can’t afford not to. Your Father wants you to have a productive, working prayer life that will strengthen you in every aspect of your life.
Prayer: Father, I want to build my prayer life and get to know You more. I ask You to help me pray and stand in faith for the impossible things You want me to believe for. Teach me how to expand my prayer life in the days ahead so I bring You glory with all my life. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Reflection: Start building your own prayer life. Instead of leaving it up to others to pray for you, take on the responsibility to pray for yourself. Making time for prayer will be a spiritual pivot point for your entire life. What do you need to change in your schedule to make room for that right now?
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