“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22
TEXT: Matthew 7:7-11
Prayer is a special grace given to all humanity especially believers, by the mercy of God to have access to Divinity. Prayer bypasses all the protocols to take the children of God directly to the throne of grace. As a result, we can pray everywhere and in anywhere. When we login IN JESUS NAME, on our knees or any posture we choose, we are through to the presence of God.
Prayer is the cornerstone of Christian’s relationship with our Heavenly Father. When Jesus Christ was making these statements, He was revealing the mind of God. He was revealing the heart felt pain of God concerning the ignorance we often exhibit in the time of our needs. He was putting the Holy Name of His Father on the line, backing up every powerful key word in the passage with divine assurance. If God would not answer you in the time of your need, Jesus Christ, Son of God would not bid you to ask. If there is nothing in the store house of God, and if your frantic search will end up in vain, His Son would not tell you to seek. If the door of His divine blessing were not to be opened unto you, the King of Kings, who was with God at the beginning, would not tell you to knock.
Again, the acronym ‘ASK’ are the first letters of the key words ‘ask,’ ‘seek’ and ‘knock’ in the Bible passage above.
A– Acknowledge your needs and identify them. Endeavour to list out the righteous reasons why you want God to intervene to meet your needs
S– Seek for solution to those needs. The first step in seeking for solution to your needs is to go to the true source. God is the true source of our blessings. The scripture revealed this to us. (Psalm 121:1-2) Search and read all the bible passages and promises that relate to your needs
K– Knock on the door of God for your solution by faithfully and fervently seek the face of God concerning your needs.
The first letter of each keyword comes together to form the first key word – ‘ask’. This is not a coincidence. These words are interrelated in the prayer life of the children of God. These are procedures that our prayers should take in order that our Father in Heaven will honor our prayers. In the passage above you will notice that there is a father-children relationship in the statement of Jesus Christ. In other words, if you do not have a spiritual relationship with God you should not expect positive results even if you follow the prayer procedures correctly.
PEOPLE WHO PRAYED
Abraham Interceded for Sodom and Gomoraah, at least Lot and his families were rescued from destruction.
Jacob Genesis 32:24-28
David David was a prayer warrior—the Book of Psalms is the reflection of prayerfulness of David
Solomon The true test of spiritual wisdom of Solomon was not only in his righteous judgment between the two warring women who were fighting because a child, but was measure also in his prayer at the dedication of the temple of Solomon (I Kings 7:22-54)
Hezekaiah At the crucial moment in the kingdom of Hezekaiah, he called upon the name of God for deliverance of Israel from the hand of Sennacherib, king of Assyria. God divinely intervened and gave him victory over the enemy. (II Kings 19:20) When he was sick, he called upon the name of God and he was healed and his lifespan was extended by 15 years. (II Kings 20:6)
Daniel Daniel was a consistent prayer warrior. He did not only pray when he was in trouble. Prayer became part of his daily routine and in many occasion, enemies used his prayer life as an object of attack against. But God stood tall for his servant. He even delivered him from the den of lions against the evil wishes of his enemies.
Nehemiah was in captivity in the comfort of the king’s palace. He did not have any personal lack of anything. His major problem was the hopeless state of affairs of the Israel his home country. The ruins of the city walls that exposed the lives and properties of Israelites were the prayer points of Nehemiah. God honored his mourning and his prayers received the divine favor of God. He approached king Atarxeses about his problems, and the king made him a governor to go back to Israel to build the city wall. Prayer ministry was not men’s affairs only, there were prayerful women in the Bible. Whether man or woman prays, one thing that is certain is that God answers prayer.
The pleasure and comfort that accompanied the office of a queen did not blind the spiritual eyes of queen Esther. She fasted and prayed, calling upon the name of God for the deliverance of the Israel in Susan. God gave her the victory over Haman the Agagite. The gallows he made for Modekiah became the weapon of his own death.
Hannah Hannah poured out her heart out in prayer at Shiloh for the blessing of the womb. Our Merciful God answered her prayer with the blessing of Samuel.
PRINCIPLES OF PRAYING
When praying we must remember that we need to approach the throne of Grace with necessary right steps if we expect positive result. For our prayers to attract the expected attention from God we must follow some of the biblical principles.
1. We must hearken diligently to the word of God. Deuteronomy 28:1
2. We must repent of our sins and surrender our lives to the Lord. The Lord does not answer the prayer of sinners. Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: The only window that opens to sinner before God is the window of mercy that leads him to repentance.
3. We must maintain a clean hand and a pure heart before God and men. Psalm 24:1-4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
4. We must exercise unwavering faith in God’s promises. (Hebrews 11:6)
5. We must maintain a bond of unity, love and cooperation among the church members and families who pray together. Amos 3:3 Those who sow the seed of discord among the family of God are enemies of God.
6. We must be persistent in our prayer. Prayer is never too much. (Luke 18:1) Believers were admonished to pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 5:17
7. We must see ourselves as the ambassador of God on earth. We are the eyes of God and his ears on earth. The unpleasant spiritual problems of mankind and situational issues around us should give us serious concern that should trigger off our cry unto God in prayer like Abraham, Daniel and Nehemiah.
8. We must consistently incline our ears to the cry of the poor, meet their needs as much as we can and commit them into the Lord’s hand in prayer. Proverbs 21:13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor; he too will cry out and not be answered.
SOME OF THE PROMISES TO PRAYER WARRIORS
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (II Corinthians 1:20)
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
His anger endureth but a moment, in his favour is life; weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. (I Kings 8:56)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:19-20)