Has God ever challenged you? Perhaps pointed out flaws in your thinking? Had you question whether or not your beliefs have lined up with what He said in His word?
Recently, God has challenged me with regard to my prayer life.
Have you ever prayed, wanting God to hear and answer your prayer, but wondering if He really would? How we pray makes all the difference.
God has helped me see where I have done that. For some reason, it’s very easy for me to believe that God will answer my prayers on behalf of others. It’s also fairly easy for me to believe that God will answer others’ prayers on my behalf. Yet, He showed me that there are times I struggle to believe He is interested or will answer my prayers for my own needs.
Pray in faith
Scripture repeatedly tells us, however, the importance of believing when we pray.
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22)
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
Pray in faith.
Consequences of unbelief in prayer
Scripture also clearly explains the consequences for our unbelief when we pray.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:6-8)
Reading David’s words in the Psalms has encouraged me in my own prayer life. Psalm 17:6 says, “I am praying to you, because I know you will answer, God.”
Do you pray knowing God WILL answer?
How often do we get on social media, or call to ask our friends their opinions? Sometimes we call our parents for their perspective or even seek wise counsel from pastors or therapists. But David knew where his help came from. David took his needs straight to God because he knew God would answer. That was the kind of faith that God answers.
One of my favorite words in the Bible is the word “will.” Whenever we read the word “will” in Scripture, we can know it is an assurance of things to come. It comes with certainty, just like a promise.
Psalm 17:6 offers a promise that God will answer our prayers. My prayers for you, your prayers for me, and yes, even our prayers for ourselves.
How we pray makes all the difference: we must pray to God believing He will answer. He holds all the answers to every situation we encounter.
How often do you pray with the confidence that God WILL answer—not hoping, not wondering but believing that God will answer?
Let me encourage you to go to God with your needs first. He’s always waiting, reading to listen, and wanting to provide. So why would we turn to friends, parents, pastors, counselors, or social media before we would share the most important parts of our lives with God?
Let’s go to God in prayer, believing He will answer, and giving Him the freedom to answer however, whenever He chooses, knowing it will be for our good and for His glory.
Pray believing He will answer
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
Announcing: Your Hope-Filled Perspective Radio Show!
Mark your calendar for Monday mornings at 6:00 am CST! My first radio program airs this morning at 6:00 am.
On “Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson,” we’ll focus on restoring hope, renewing minds, and empowering listeners to live in their God-given identity.
The first two episodes will focus on depression. Then, we’ll interview guests to find and share answers to real-life problems.
If you have any show ideas for future episodes, please share in the comments or send me a message on my contact page! Also, please share any guest recommendations you have.
We are excited to spend time with you!
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