Prayer is the path provided to make our requests known to God. This passage seems to suggest that whatever we ask of God, believing it will be given, will be provided. Yet our experience tells us that’s not quite the case. Why are some requests answered promptly and others seemingly not at all? Is God just kidding here? The point of this passage is perhaps more about faith than spectacular answers to prayer. Though Jesus is clearly encouraging us to bring all our requests to God and believe in the power of prayer, these verses, like everything else in Scripture, have to be taken in the context of the entire Bible.
Questions for further thought:
1. What are the most memorable times in your life when you know for certain God has answered your prayer?
2. How have the times when it seemed that God didn’t answer impacted your prayer life and spiritual journey?
Challenge: Examine your prayer life. Is it where you would like it to be? How would you like it to change? Whether it’s reading one of the many great books on prayer or committing to finding a prayer partner or praying with your spouse, take that step today. If your prayer life is stellar, carry on!
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