Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Unfiltered Prayers

One of the most famous biblical passages on prayer comes from the Sermon on the Mount in the seventh chapter of Matthew where Jesus says:
"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 finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
There are a few simple lessons that we can learn about prayer from these verses:
  • Be persistent.. do not give up.. sometimes we have to keep asking, knocking and seeking.. persistence is the heart of faith.
  • God filters our prayers and only gives us what is good for us.. this gives us confidence to pray unfiltered prayers.
  • We should pray for others in a way that we would want them to pray for us. We need each other's prayers.
Father we approach you today with love and thankfulness of heart. We thank you that you answer our prayers. We thank you that you answer them according to your great wisdom. We ask you to help those who are hurting around us.. comfort them dear Lord. We pray once again asking for those things we have been praying for so long.. with tears we ask you to save our loved ones.. we earnestly desire those who are sick to be well.. we pray trusting you to restore employment to our friends who have lost their jobs.. we ask you to bring your kingdom to earth today.. even in a small way.. we trust you.. we desire your will to be done in our lives as it is in heaven. To you be the glory.. we give you all of our praise.. we give you ourselves today. In the blessed name of you Son Jesus we pray.


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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful thoughts on prayer. I love that God answers according to His wisdom, not ours.

    Have a great Sunday Bob and Ann.


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