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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 15-10-2007
Category: Bible related
Prayer exposes the inclinations of the heart

Unfortunately it sometimes happens that we run into trouble: a neighbour infringes on our property, we are wrongly billed for something we did not do or buy, et cetera. Usually we ask the person in authority to help us to sort out the problem.

Believers, as citizens of God’s yet invisible, but real kingdom, are commanded/asked/implored to pray about situations, calling on the highest authority, namely God. Philippians 4:6 is a well known verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”.

Prayer is not difficult. Many people mistakenly believe that you can only pray on your knees, in solemn circumstances. But it is something you can do while driving, exercising, shopping, et cetera. It is as simple as talking to God. He is represented by the Holy Spirit who lives in the child of God. That means He is always present, and He can hear very well (Psalm 94:9, “does He who implanted the ear not hear?”).

If we do not pray, what is the message we are sending God? We declare that we do not believe that He is strong enough, or that he can work in our circumstances, to help us. Then the words of the Bible, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1), is not the truth. It is a direct vote of ‘no confidence’ in God.

Prayer, besides thanking Him for blessings or asking for His help, is actually a message to God that we trust Him; that we have confidence in Him; that we acknowledge Him as the Creator who can help us; that we are the work of His hands; that we acknowledge that He is omnipotent (having very great or unlimited power), omnipresent (present in all places at the same time) and omniscient (having very great, or unlimited and infinite knowledge and understanding) taking note of our prayers because He loves us. We thereby send a vote of confidence to Him, declaring that we think He is wonderful. It is highly unlikely that God would dishonor a prayer of that character, assuming of course that we pray with the right motives. (James 4:3, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”)

We come to know and realize how wonderful God is by studying the Word with the help of the Holy Spirit. If we do not know His character, we will not have confidence to approach Him. That would be a pity. As Creator He can do more for us than any other person on earth. He is wonderful and gracious - call on Him.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27