BY REV. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Matthew 6:9
Prayer. Sometimes we make it so complicated. We may think we have to come up with some profound words to keep God’s interest. Some people love to pray, while others are scared to pray because they feel they don’t know how to do it right. Some may have given up on prayer or don’t pray as often as they should. How interesting it is that when we were kids, our prayers were much different. It was all so much easier, wasn’t it? A few weeks ago, my 6-year-old son prayed that his dog would stop doing his business all over the house because we make him clean it up. Then, the other day he prayed that Santa Claus would come and take his dog away and bring a new one that listens.
The Bible explains to us in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish things away.”
Therefore, today I want to share with you five things that the Bible teaches us in order for our prayers to be answered. God is sovereign and He does whatever He likes, but in this sermon today, we are going to look at the biblical conditions of our prayers. Perhaps, there is a reason that one or all of your prayers are not being answered.
So, this week’s sermon is going to be a little different: it is a Bible check list on prayer.
Now, before we begin, let it be known that there really isn’t a magical formula to getting God to answer our prayers, but there are biblical guidelines—as you’re about to read—on how we should pray. So, with that in mind:
We must ask in the name of Jesus. John 14:13-14 says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.”
We must be abiding in Him and His Word in us. John 15:7 says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in, you ask whatever you wish and it will be given unto you.”
We must keep His commandments. John 3:21-22 tells us, “If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God—and whatever we ask we receive from him because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”
We must give thanks. In the book of Philippians 4:6, Paul reminds us in this letter, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
We must watch for answers. Colossians 4:2 tells us, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Thanking God ahead of time is like showing confidence that He will hear your prayer and that He will answer it.
So, what these five points remind us is that the name of Jesus is powerful. Abiding in the word of God is beneficial. Keeping His commandments are mandatory. Be thankful when we think about the goodness of God and, lastly, we must not give up because if we stay watchful, we will one day see our blessings. So, remember—stop worrying and start praying.
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