"And when praying, do not use needless repetitions as the Gentiles do, for they expect to be listened to because of their multitude of words. (Mt 6:7 WNT)
There is one way to get an answer to prayer and it isn't through the length of time spent in prayer, the volume or quality of the words used, even the number of people that are agreeing with us on the same thing. The Bible does speak of agreement in prayer, but this verse in Matthew makes it clear that we cannot harass God into sending us an answer. (Mt 18:19)
A continued reading of the next few verses brings us to the heart of the issue.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Mt 6:30)
Now, there are a number of other important keys to prayer in the verses between verse 7 and verse 30, but I want to concentrate on the final phrase, "O ye of little faith". The thing that prevents our answer isn't time. It isn't a spectacular angelic visitation or the numbers of prayers lifted at once. It isn't how well we speak or how little.
The key is faith.
Faith pleases God, and without faith, we cannot please God. (Heb 11:6) Why? Because "he that cometh to God must believe that he is." Referring back to Matthew 6:30, we can see this same thought.
The key to having faith is to know God and to believe God implicitly.
I once heard a preacher say to never make a plan B. That has always stuck with me. Having a plan B, a "just in case God doesn't answer" prayer, negates the power of faith to start with. The fact is, we're either believing God 100% or we're not believing Him at all. Any tiny seed of doubt creeping in will stop your prayer in its tracks. (Mt 14:31;Mk 11:23)
"But, Suzanne, everyone has doubts."
Everyone is besieged by doubt, yes, and the devil would love us to give in, so he continually pokes thoughts into our heads that will feed that doubt if we let it. We doubt ourselves, our circumstances, current politics, friends and family members ... Our every day existence gives a million reasons to doubt.
But there's the thing. There's never any reason to doubt God, and once you know that, once you have that deep in your heart, your prayer takes on a whole new meaning. It becomes not, "Maybe God might do this for me," but "My God WILL do this for me."
Meaning, prayers of faith, based on specific promises in the Word, for the blessings God has promised His children - salvation, healing, health, prosperity, to name a few. You cannot have faith for things outside of the will of God. You also cannot interject things into the will of God that aren't there to begin with. But for what you need, right now, today, God will hear and answer the voice of faith.
I like what I read just this past week. When your will doesn't line up with His, He'll change that, too. (Php 2:13) That comforts me. My loving, heavenly Father, even when the doubts won't shut off, even when I'm perhaps not square on exactly what He wants for me, is constantly working to perfect His will in my life.
I need only trust Him enough to release what's in me and put my faith in His heart to do it.
Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.