Is your prayer in vain?

Do you pray in faith? When you ask God to help you with a trial or ask Him to intervene in someone’s life, do you really expect Him to do so? God gives some amazing promises to the person who prays believing, but to those who pray without faith He promises nothing.(James 1:7)

Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Jesus spoke this very simply. It is funny how much it would seem that we can question the Word of God. I know I myself have questioned what God says. God makes this promise as simple as possible. Whatever you desire, ask in faith for, and you will receive it.

Now you may be thinking, "Anything? Really?" Well, not really. We must look at all scripture. James 4:3 tells us, "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." God will not give us anything we want just because we want it. We must ask with the purpose of glorifying God.(John 14:13)

I would suggest however, that many times Christians do not receive what they pray for simply because they do not ask God in faith. We must believe what God says if we are to receive what He wants to give us. The Israelites delayed the promise land 40 years because of their doubt. Let us not delay the blessings of God because of our unbelief.

I would like to challenge you. If you have found yourself praying in doubt, ask God to change you. The Lord tells us that we gain faith through listening to His Word, so saturate your life with the Word of God. Also, ask Him to help and empower you to believe His Word. If you find yourself praying simply to fulfill your own lusts, ask God to alter your desires so that they match His. Our prayers can be a powerful tool that God can use, or they can be faithless words spoken in vain. It is our choice.

What will you choose?

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

Further Reading: Luke 11:1-13

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