There are two fundamental reasons why you should pray. First of all, you should pray because the word of God commands it. Secondly, you should pray because it works!
God is willing to hear and able to answer prayer. Prayer is the means God has chosen to provide for his adopted children in Christ. Whatever you need God to do in your life, it happens after prayer! When we work, we work. But when we pray, God works!
Here are five ways to get your prayers.
Pray with a heart of sincerity
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns, “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward” (Matthew 6:5).
Hypocrites pray! But their prayers are a performance for other people, not worship to God. They do it to be seen by men. And when other see them praying, they got want they wanted. God does not owe them anything! Your prayers won’t work if you heart is more concerned with what man thinks about you, rather than what God knows about you.
Jesus commands, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who sees in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). The secret to prayer is secret prayer. Secret prayer does not mean you should not pray corporately or publicly. It means that you must guard your sinful heart from praying to the wrong audience!
Pray in the name of Jesus
Jesus declared to his disciples, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). This is a standing promise for believers today. But it is not a blanket promise that permits you to write your own ticket with God. The name of Jesus is our means of access to God.
If you go to God in your own name, you will only receive what your name deserves. (For the record, you do not want God to give you what you deserve!) But when you go to God in the name of Jesus, you receive what his name deserves.
To pray in the name of Jesus is pray in the authority of his name. It is to pray with the approval of his name. It is to pray for the acclaim of his name. Paul exhorts, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). Everything we say and do should be done in the name of Jesus with thanksgiving to God.
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