“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8)
As a Christian, prayer is your life’s work, and the best way to learn to pray is to pray. It’s not enough to pray only when you feel like it; culture yourself to do it whether or not you feel like.
Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “…men ought always to pray, and not to faint” He didn’t say, “men ought always to pray when they feel like!”Moreover, you have the power to decide what you want to do, so choose to pray.
Take for example, Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
Here, theSpirit of God teaches us something important,letting us know that whether or not we feel like it, in every season, we ought to preach the Gospel.
The same thing applies with prayer; you pray in season and out of season!So there’s no excuse not to pray. Make a decision to pray always, and God will hear and answer you.
Request and Receive
“And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now along time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me” (John 5:5-7).
Some people don’t know the difference between complaining to the Lord and making a request of Him. When Jesus met the sick man at the pool of Bethesda,
He asked him, “Do you want to be made whole?” Instead of the man to request His help, he started complaining. This was his character, and he could have missed his miracle, but for the compassion of Jesus.
Your attitude in prayer determines whether or not you’ll receive what you desire. Don’t have a complaining attitude. Complaints don’t work with God.
He has shown us what works in His Word; it says “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 CEV).
John 16:24 says, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Praise God!