For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mark 11:24)This is such a simple concept. Prayer involves speaking.
This thought came to me after reading an online article in which a debate was being raged over prayer, specifically Christian prayer, prior to a local political meeting. The author of the article was interviewing another person for their opinion on the matter and something this person said round about page three stopped me in my tracks. In essence they said, "I don't understand what is wrong with just having a moment of silence."
What is wrong with having a moment of silence?
Immediately, upon reading that statement I knew the answer. A moment of silence will accomplish nothing at all because prayer involves speaking; it is words!
What was the key action to answered prayer in Mark 11:23? The very next verses, both 23 and 24, tell us this verse is speaking about prayer, so again, what are we as believers being told to do? Notice the verbs!
"Whosoever shall say..." SAY! Nothing productive is done just by thinking prayer in our minds. No, we need to physically speak the words.
So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. (1 Corinthians 14:9)In verse 15 of this passage in 1 Corinthians, Paul goes on to say he will pray both "with the spirit" and "with the understanding". In other words, he prays both in his native language and under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Yet look back at the previous instruction in verse nine. There very plainly he states, "Except ye utter..." Except you speak the words, how will it be heard?
We see this instruction again in Matthew.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)Jesus told us to ask for those things we need, and He promised with our asking, God, who loves us so very much, would answer. No "moment of silence" can ever do what a vocal prayer can do for prayer is communication with our heavenly Father. He knows more than we do, and He holds the solution!
When faced with a difficult task, don't we always want to ask someone who has the solution? What good would it do to walk up to that person, pause, and say nothing? We could assume they could read our minds, but in actuality they would never know we had a question or that we needed anything. We'd remain ignorant.
Prayer is not effective until the words are actually spoken. This is an instruction given to us in the Word of God, and it is an instruction given with a promise.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14)If we ask, we know that we have! How marvelous is that?
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.