Unhindered Prayers; Unhindered Life

Posted: 23 May, 2009 in Ponderings
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“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke 11:9-12

How many of us really believe full-heartedly with no absolute doubt what Jesus had declared about our prayers that God will not restraint and give good gifts to those who ask of Him? You see, when we turn on the tap we expect water to flow out (unless like my tap, it decided to flow out to somewhere else), when we turn on the light switch, we expect the place to be lit (mine decided to blow itself up) and when we put a coin into a vending machine, something comes down (ocassionally it may not be what we have selected). But the point is we expected something to happen in reaction to our action.

Unhindered Prayers; Unhindered Life, Shibuya vending machine

But sadly, many of us have less faith expecting something to happen in response to our prayer! We have more faith with a vending machine than with God! We half-heartedly submitted to God in prayer, and the “fine-prints” determines if whether or not God will answer our prayers. But look at what Jesus had declared again; there are no fine-prints or conditions attached.

So why sometimes our prayers seems like speaking to the wall? Well, we may want to look at our end of the line first:

1. Are you praying within Christ? Jesus said in John 15:7,   “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”  Do we know Father God through Jesus Christ and His Word?  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:14    What a promise…

2. Are you allowing sin to hinder our relationship to God? If we are habouring a conscious sinful attitude towards someone whether it is bitterness, anger or unforgiveness, then our line reception is not going to connect very well to heaven. The problem is not with the “network” but rather our own com-set is faulty.   But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.  Mark 11:25

3. Are your prayer to impress God, men or yourself? Prayer is personal and relational. It is a direct communication between Father and child. God is not impressed by good showmanships, neither is He impressed by our verbal vocabularies prowesses. The only reason God hear our prayers is because of our relationship with Him and His love for us. Nothing else will work.   “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:5-8

4. What is the ultimate motive for your prayers? All humans are selfish. It is part of our fallen nature that we naturally regard our own interests ahead of the interests of others. But sometimes we also often regard our own interests ahead of God’s. Our requests are to be in accordance with God’s will as revealed in the Bible. We must ask only for things that are consistent with the character and nature of God.   And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John:14-15

5. Did you even pray and ask about it? Sometimes we have this preconception that God will not grant us our heart desires even if we ask, so we didn’t bother asking or praying about it. So in the end we didn’t get it at the end. Then whose fault is it?   Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. James 4:2

6. Did you treat your spouse and family with honor? The next quote is probably the favorite quote from the wives to their husbands.   Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7   Before we demostrate Christ’s love to others, we must demostrate Christ’s love to our spouse and family first. The relationship between a husband and a wife is to reflect that of Christ to His church. It is to be a relationship of absolute love, adoration and sacrifice.

7. Do you really believe? Initially, it may seem a stupid question to ask; if we don’t believe why do we pray in the first place? When we pray do we still have to contend with questions like if He can do it or will He do it? God wants us to have confidence in His ability and willingness to provide what is necessary for us as His children. He wants us to believe that He can and will do what He says He can and will.

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:22-24

Our prayers cannot be separated from our faith.   And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6   If we are to ask God, we must ask with expectancy, believing in our hearts that God can and will give what we desire, provided that what we desire is really what we need and what will bring glory to Him! We are to ask with confidence and expectancy, praying out of the faith He has given us.

Unhindered Prayers; Unhindered Life, Traditional TuesdayAn unhindred prayer life is an unhindered and victorious life.   What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?  Romans 8:31-32

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  1. I believe if we truly believed that God heard our prayers that we would be on our face night and day!
    We kind of , sort of want to believe it but it is hard. To think that the Creator of the universe would give his ear to me is unfathomable. Yet to please God, we must believe that he hears our prayers and gives us whatever is good. We are to be pitied more than heathens if we do not trust that he will withhold no good thing from us and that our prayers are lifted up to his throne! The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom the moment Christ died. We now have access to the King!
    There is nothing better!!

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