Prayer prompts God to do things in the lives of His people that He may not have otherwise done.
The whole of Scripture tells us that God hears and answers the cries of his people. The Bible stresses the great importance of asking Him what we need both in this life and for eternity.
God tells us that He will not withhold any good thing from us. Romans 8:31b-32 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” God turned over His own Son for our good. Wouldn’t He be willing to give His people whatever they need?
In Matthew 7:11, Jesus says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
God encourages His people to pray, especially for one another. He assures us that He will answer our prayers in accord with His generous promises and according to the abundance that He possesses.
- God will not ever run out of resources.
- God does not have to be careful in what he gives to His people.
- He always has more than enough.
- He is never greedy or stingy. Instead, He is extravagant!
Matthew 21:22 Jesus says, “22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” The “whatever” in that verse covers everything. We are invited to ask God for anything and if He believes it is a good gift, He will grant it.
God invites us to ask for big things. God seems more concerned that we will ask for too little than that we will ask for too much. If we make huge requests of God, it will never restrict His ability to provide. (God never says, “that’s costs too much. I can’t afford that!”)
According to Ephesians 3:20, God is able to do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” He almost paralyzes us with this complete freedom to ask for whatever we think is best. Think of the power we have to minister to other people at church through prayer!
We have unlimited access to the God who runs this world. We can ask anything from the very God who rules with infinite wisdom and power. AND… He promises to consider every request of His people.
Dr. John Piper once said, “Prayer causes things to happen that wouldn’t happen if you didn’t pray.” The Almighty God who rules and reigns in the universe is concerned with our praying.
- He wills it.
- He commands it.
- He empowers it.
Prayer is at the very center of the heart and will of God as he relates to men and women. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It is God’s will that we pray and He is honored by our prayers, especially when we pray for one another.
If prayer is this important to God, then it should also be important to those who are partners in the gospel. Prayer and fellowship are intermingled.