4 comments on “Struggles With Prayer

  1. David, a man after God’s own heart, found himself in desperation several times when he was writing Psalms. David never backed down or rested his case when praying to God. He prayed intentionally for things he wanted and turned his eyes to the Lord even when his enemies were about to surround him and kill him.

    Same goes for people who wanted healing from Jesus

    Matthew 20
    30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

    31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

    32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

    33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

    34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

  2. Just my thought but could it be we are told to pray in such caasesnot to change God’s mind, (though it seems this was also done ie he extended the life of one person praying by another 15 years, also Elijah called down fire a “prayer”? Surely God could’vr done this without his request and yet we are also told “You have not because you ask not.”) but perhaps it’s because we need to pray. We need to know that in asking He hears. In requesting He considers. In pleading He is moved to great compassion and concern for us. I think you see where i am going. Also, we learn an answer includes not only “yes” but somedtimes “no” or “not now”. Or sometimes there nay be a requirement of us. “If you will be healed you must go to the river and dip seven times.” and why” Surely as you say he could heal this person without their dipping in the river but again maybe it’s because that’s what we need. We tend to think it can’t be as easy as just asking, ther must be some requirement or formula. Of course there’s also the need to test our obedience. Would we go do such a strange thing because God says so? Hopefully yes. Well, I don’t know just my thoughts

  3. Mark 11 22-25 I claimed these verses for Uncle Joe the day he was anointed in Fl for the extreme pain he was in. The bone disease was so painful. When he left Fl to fly back to NY someone in the airport knocked him down and kept going on his way. Others helped him get up. He got home and the next morning he woke up and his eyes were stuck shut. a day or so after that he ended up in the hospital with I think it was a kidney stone. But the following Monday he called me and he said Mom for the first time in 10 years I woke up without pain. Praise God the answering prayer. He wants us to come to him in prayer with our needs. Read the scripture Matt I get tears in my eyes everytime I read it and remember what he did for my son.

  4. I think we get culturally bound when we consider this thing of prayer. We grew up hitting buttons or going through drive-throughs and instantly getting what we want – or we can pull a few bucks out of our pocket and get just about anything our hearts desire. We are living the Promised Land on steroids, especially in this era of exploding technology and a shrinking globe. So naturally, we struggle to accept the fact that God is not a vending machine, a genie, an electronic gadget to be played. Even the most well intentioned (perhaps even the most devout) believers struggle with this because we have the concept of cause and effect so ingrained in us, we believe that A should result in B, IF I behave in a certain way or pray just right (or if enough people bombard the gates of heaven for my request) I will most certiantly get my request! Yet biblically that is not the truth. Our (the Church’s) confusion over prayer is the result of getting our eyes off the purpose of our being – to be in relationship with God. If we focus on building the relationship, and not on specific aspects of it and how they may play out for us (answers to prayer), much of that confusion will fade in importance. It doesn’t mean the questions don’t still exist, but they become much less important.

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