I am guilty of referring to prayer as working or not working; as if I’m turning the key in a car or flipping a light switch. Prayer is the privilege of communing with the all powerful, holy, benevolent God. He responds according to His will and time. The trouble is, I don’t always know what my needs are are or what is priority in God’s eyes. He is the Good Father, who loves me, knows my needs and always meets them. My vision is limited; He sees all.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NASB
Yes, God wants us to bring all our requests to Him. He is our provider, but He created us to enjoy a personal relationship with Him.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6 -7 NASB
Notice, the scripture says to approach with thanksgiving, not demanding our way, and the promise to us is His peace. The priceless gift of His peace is not dependent on circumstances. It is the result of trusting God enough to leave our lives, our will, in His hands. Shouldn’t prayer be more about developing our relationship with Jesus than getting something from Him? What would happen if our prayers were a little less about gimmie God and more of, give me God. What if sometimes we just sought Him for Himself?
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalms 16:11 NASB
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