Pray and believe


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks find; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened,” Matt. 7:7-8.

Prayer does not come easily. That is why the disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them how to pray in Luke 11:1.

Real prayer must come from the heart. When you pray you must believe and have faith that God will answer your prayer according to His will for our life.

Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. We know it as the Lord’s Prayer. He first taught this prayer to his disciples. This was their guideline to pray and then and it is our guideline to pray now.

Jesus teaches us that it is important to begin our prayer by addressing God as our heavenly Father. He is not just our good friend, or someone we call on only when we are in trouble. He is our heavenly Father who cares about our personal needs, the needs of our family, friends, neighbors and our entire world.

In our prayers, it is important to praise Him and thank Him for all the many wonderful things He has done for us. Sometimes it is easy to forget our praise and thanksgiving and immediately begin asking God to meet all of our needs.

When we pray and address God as our Father we realize that every gift comes from the hand of God.

We realize that without Him we can do nothing. I have often wondered what people do without God in their lives. Who do they call on in times of need? Who do they turn to when the bottom falls out of life for them?

God wants us to pray to Him not only when we are in a crisis but He wants us to call on Him in praise and thanksgiving. The lack of faith, unbelief, and sin can hinder your prayer life.

The Bible teaches us that we must pray in faith believing. When you pray, expect God to answer your prayers according to His will.

“Lord teach us to pray,” Luke 11:1.



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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.



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