I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His Word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Psalm 130:5,6
Like many others, I pray at bedtime. A few days ago, I was reviewing the many prayer requests I listed on behalf of others and myself. I heaved a sigh and thought, why pray? It just hit me that I was repetitive in my prayers before God each night. Hadn’t he already heard these prayers and acted on them? And, what about the prayers I say each morning such as ask ing God to give us direction, to protect us from harm, to give us opportunity to witness? I just wondered why we have to mention our requests every night? It wasn’t as if I considered it hopeless, I really wanted to know the reason.
I got my answer quicker than I thought. I was actually surprised at the Holy Spirit’s response which came immediately after I had stated “why pray?”. I have learned that when you ask a question of God, no matter how deep or trivial, He does listen and respond. It’s just that this evening I wasn’t really talking to Him. I was just reflecting on God’s order of prayer to myself. Jeremiah 29:12 states, “Then shall you call upon me, and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you”. He was listening.
He asked me, “What season is it?” I answered, “Winter”. He then said that all things follow a certain order such as the sun rising and setting. He followed this stating something profound, “Time was made for man so that he remains focused. I have your prayers before me”. It was a simple statement, but that was all I needed to hear to teach me the reason why we pray continuously about certain requests. 1 Kings 8:59a states, “And let these words that I’ve prayed in the presence of God be always right there before Him, day and night, so that He’ll do what is right for me.. (MSG)” . My friend, once you have made your request to Him — He has those prayers before Him. Really, there is no need to repeat ourselves again.
So, why do we pray every day with the same requests? I am not talking about those prayers we mention and know in our hearts that they are answered or prayers during times of immediate need. This is faith. I am talking about those prayers we say on behalf of family, friends, work, church, or nation. For example, I pray each night for the protection of all my children, that their dreams will be directed by God and that they will have a peaceful sleep. I pray each morning that my steps will lead me to a higher understanding of His will for me and others. These are the prayers that keep us focused.
God doesn’t need a calendar to keep track of when to answer prayer. Heaven is a different dimension where things happen on another plane. Here on earth, we must keep watch on over the things that matter to us on a daily basis. (By the way, what matters to us matters to Him. See Matthew 6: 25-34). As we pray daily we renew our hearts and realign our minds in accordance to God’s plan. It keeps us focused. I hope this blog helps lead you to a better understanding of how prayer works. Pray daily, often and always.
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