What is Successful Prayer?
Have you ever tried to move God like a claw on one of those arcade games? We pick up His hand and put it down…right…about…there…Oops! The toy slipped out of the claw. We pick up His hand, try again…there. Oh man, that’s not the stuffed animal I wanted.
We suggest ways to solve our problems through prayer. We maneuver Him around. Honesty, we just want Him to line up His hand with our will.
Our human minds have a hard time comprehending that the God of the universe might have a better plan than we do. We’re not trying to be manipulative. We’re just trying to figure out the best way for Him to fix our mess. 🙂
So what is successful prayer? Is it getting what we want? Or is it just the communication and connection with God? For me, both of those mean it was a successful time in prayer.
It is wonderfully satisfying to pray for something and have it answered. It encourages our faith when we receive what we ask for! It reminds us that God is real. It tangibly proves that He’s working in our lives… we see a prayer being answered. We witness Him work on our behalf, answering our call.
But there’s also nothing like the presence of God and the contentment that comes from simply connecting with Him. I love telling him my wants, needs, hopes and dreams. Just talking to Him- knowing that He listens and is ready to help. That alone makes prayer a success all on it’s own.
So instead of going into prayer with only open hands, lets also remember to go with open hearts. Believing that God can and will answer prayers and also believing the truth that it’s just as amazing to soak in His presence.
Join me today and let’s spend some time talking to God!
//Lord, thank you for prayer and the power behind connecting with You.
Here are a few great verses on prayer I wanted to show you:
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you.”
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
John 14:13-14 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”