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Pray With Faith

I often wonder how many times when we go to the Lord in prayer; we go to Him with faith.  The two do go hand in hand.  

I remember my brother Don who I met in Kentucky.  Don would always go to God in prayer and ask God to answer him, but always with the ever destructive if or but on his mind.  Dear Lord please send me back to my family, or dear God this, or dear God that, but always with doubt that God would answer his prayers; consequently most of Don's prayers went unanswered.  Don was continually telling me to be prepared for a let down, and to not be disappointed if my prayers weren't answered.  My answer was always, if I go to our Lord prepared to be let down, then I did not go to Him with faith, and to do so would make me double-minded, therefore my prayers were doomed for failure; God would not answer them.  James 1:6-7 says, But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.  The keywords here are believe and not doubt.

This is not to say that we can go to God in prayer and ask for things that are not of His will.  God's will is for us to have things that are good for us according to His love for us.  He knows our needs.  I can't begin to tell you how many times I have seen drug dealers praying to God to protect them and to bless their journey on the roads as they were transporting drugs across the state.  God's will certainly wasn't for them to deal drugs.  How could they expect Him to bless such a destructive activity?  Sure, it would be nice to be able to go to our Lord and ask with faith that when we wake up in the morning we would find a million dollars lying on the front porch.  Would a million dollars be good for us?  Maybe, but maybe not.  If it isn't God's will, then it is because He knows that it wouldn't be good for us.  It is written in 1 John 5:14-15.  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask (in His will) - we know that we have what we asked of Him.  Be sure that when you go to God in prayer that you go to Him according to His will.  Another important factor in prayer is stated very clearly in John 15:7.  Jesus tells us, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.” In your daily walk, do you remain in Jesus, and do the teachings of Jesus remain in you?  As you live your life on a day-to-day basis, do your actions glorify God?  Most certainly I cannot go around living my life in the ways that the world would have me live it and expect to receive answered prayers.

We are expected to live life according the Word of God.  As long as we are able to live and walk this earth with Jesus as our guide, then we can expect our prayers to heard and then answered.  We must live a lifestyle that gives honor and glory to God, and in return God will bless us with answered prayers.  

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