In my name . . .

Have you ever prayed for something and it didn’t happen? Many times we pray for something that is completely outside of God’s will. How can we know what God’s will is so we can pray correctly? Today I would like to share a short Bible study with you on how you can base your prayers on a faith that is rooted and grounded in God’s Word.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, the entire Christian life is based on faith. The bible says that the just shall live by faith. It commands that we pray in faith. (James 1:6-7) Because of this passage, we know that we must pray in faith in order for anything to happen. But where do we get that faith? We get it from God’s Word. Romans 10:17 tells us, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Our prayers must have a basis in a knowledge of God and His will.

One interesting example is the prophet Elijah. The first time Elijah is mentioned we find him going to king Ahab and announcing that it will not rain until Elijah says so. In James 5:17, we are told that Elijah prayed that it would not rain. When I first read that, it made no sense. I thought Elijah’s prayer was just a random judgment he made up. But that wasn’t it. In Deuteronomy 11:17, God told the Israelites that He would stop the rain if they were disobedient. Elijah had read this. Elijah then stepped out in faith believing that God would do what He said God would.

So I would like to encourage you, pray in faith, and pray in His name. When we pray in God’s name it isn’t just saying "in Jesus’ name" at the end. It’s praying with His authority. We can pray with His authority when we pray for His will. We can know His will by studying His promises.
In conclusion, we must:
(1) Study His Word,
(2) Put our faith in His promises, and
(3) Pray according to what He has promises.

"If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." John 14:14


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