Be a good student of the Bible and you will learn to pray effectively

Experiencing the Power of God
God’s Power is Dependent on Faith – Part VI

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:53-58

Key Verse: Matthew 13:58
And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Over the years, I have watched believers pray having the “confident hope” that I talked about in yesterday’s devotional. God not answering their prayer the way they wanted sometimes discourages them.

One man told me that when he was young, he prayed to God for healing his mother of cancer. When his mother died, he said he never prayed again and ignored God for many years. By God’s grace, he did come back to God and is walking with Him today.

Be good students of God’s Word to pray in faith.

God’s Word tells us to never hesitate to pray about a need or a want. God’s Word tells us to pray rather than be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6).

I often pray for things that God’s Word does not promise, but when I do, I always end the prayer telling God, “If It is your will”.

When I am praying about something that the Bible has clearly promised me, then I have confidence that what I hope for will come about.

An example is my prayer list of people that are far from God. I thank God for loving them, as He promised (John 3:16). I thank God for wanting all of them to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). If God loves all the people on my list and does not want them to be lost, then I can pray with confidence that God will work on their minds and hearts, drawing them to Himself (John 6:44).

I also know, from God’s Word, that God never forces anyone to come to Him, so everyone must choose to accept and follow Jesus. Therefore, I do not believe that God will save them all. God does His part in drawing them, but that never includes overruling their free choice, forcing them to follow Him.

All this brings us back to the definition of faith:

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT).

Remember, God’s Word defines what faith is… a confidence in what we hope for and assurance about things that we have not seen yet. This verse is not instructing us on how to have faith.

How to have faith is what we talked about in the devotionals yesterday and today. We have faith in our hopes when the Bible gives us a clear promise of those hopes. Without a clear promise, we pray for the things we hope for but leave the how God answers them with His wisdom.

Many people pray, but it is only those who take the time to study God’s Word who have effective prayers. Be a good student of the Bible and effective praying happens automatically.

Father, thank You for wanting me to pray about anything and everything. Help me to pray with confidence those things that You have promised me. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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