Prayer is a sincere sign of our faith. When you pray,
you are in essence saying, ďI love and honor you, my
Father,Ē or ďI believe, my God, that you can do this for
me,Ē or ďThank you for what you, my Lord, have done.Ē
Sometimes itís hard to put our prayers into words, and
our all knowing Father understands that:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we
know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the
Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered.
Something to ponder on is that perhaps we ourselves in
our human condition, do not know what is best for us,
which in turn makes it hard to put our prayer into
words, so the Holy Spirit intervenes for us.
Sometimes it may be hard to wait for what we pray for.
At such times, try and remember that our perspective of
life, and time, are limited, but Godís perspective is
eternity, and only He knows what is best for us, and
WHEN it is best. Jesus encourages us not to give up
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men
ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There
was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither
regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and
she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said
within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her,
lest by her continual coming she weary me.
pray that Godís will be done:
1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if
we ask any thing
according to His will,
He heareth us ...
After this manner therefore pray
ye: Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy
name. Thy Kingdom come,
will be done in earth, as
it is in Heaven.
Sometimes what we ask for may not be Godís will, but our
Father, who can do ANYTHING, may answer your prayer by
changing your mind about what you pray for.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss,
that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
is an excerpt from Matthew Henryís Commentary on the
Whole Bible which explains this clearly:
learn hence, in the management of all our worldly
affairs, and in our prayers to God for success in them,
to see that our ends be right. When men follow their
worldly business (suppose them tradesmen or husbandmen),
and ask of God prosperity, but do not receive what they
ask for, it is because they ask with wrong aims and
intentions. They ask God to give them success in their
callings or undertakings; not that they may glorify
their heavenly Father and do good with what they have,
but that they may consume it upon their lusts -
that they may be enabled to eat better meat, and drink
better drink, and wear better clothes, and so gratify
their pride, vanity, and voluptuousness. But, if we thus
seek the things of this world, it is just in God to deny
them; whereas, if we seek any thing that we may serve
God with it, we may expect he will either give us what
we seek or give us hearts to be content without it, and
give opportunities of serving and glorifying him some
other way. Let us remember this, that when we speed not
in our prayers it is because we ask amiss; either
we do not ask for right ends or not in a right manner,
not with faith or not with fervency: unbelieving and
cold desires beg denials; and this we may be sure of,
that, when our prayers are rather the language of our
lusts than of our graces, they will return empty.
some quality time alone in prayer with your Father every
day. Donít forget to include praise and thanksgiving in
your relationship with Him. And in this very difficult
time for Israel, donít forget to pray for the place
where God put His name:
1 Kings 9:3
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and
thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have
hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my
name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall
be there perpetually.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that
God bless you and may your
prayer life abound with faith, hope and love.