Praying is not enough

I believe that as God’s people we need to learn much more about prayer. The new testament emphasizes a lot in prayer, since this is vital for the health of the church. A believer who prays is a believer who stays on the line where he should be. But is it enough to pray? I believe that praying is not enough, rather, the persistence in prayer is the one that speaks for itself.

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7: 7-8

Here Jesus is presenting a great discourse to which we should all pay close attention. The first thing we must learn here is that if we ask the Father He simply gives us what we ask, of course, as long as it is within his divine plans, then, we find in the book of James, that those who asked not received, why did not they receive? Because they asked badly.

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

James 4:3

The important thing here is to understand that if we ask God under His will, He responds to His time. We can not be shy before God, we must make Him know all those things we want. God does not tire of us, He is always ready to listen to us.

In this seventh verse that we have quoted above, Jesus uses the imperatives: “Ask, seek, call.” All of these are present imperatives, which speak of an ordered lifestyle and a devotional life with God.

It is of utmost value to maintain persistence in prayer. Jesus has told us that everyone who asks receives, the one who seek find, and the one who knocks the door opens. We must believe this. But we can not pray simply as a daily routine that seems more like a human mechanism. We must pray until we find God in prayer, until heaven comes down.

On this subject it is good to remember that time when Jacob fought with the angel:

Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

Genesis 32:26

Jacob was struggling with the angel and he wanted to leave, but Jacob was willing to last as long as possible until he blessed him. Great attitude of Jacob.

When we go before God in prayer, we must be like Jacob and be there before God until His blessing spills over our lives.

Dear brother, I urge you to keep the persistence in your prayers, to trust in God with all your heart, because faithful is the one who has promised and our work is not in vain.

6 thoughts on “Praying is not enough

  • June 12, 2018 at 5:01 am
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    GOD Almighty is so Good!in JESUS NAME.AMEN.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    Praying is not enough
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    When someone needs something or they are in trouble, they (and all of us) must pray to the Lord seeking his help, and, ultimately, it is he who’ll get us out of that bad situation.

    The teaching we have from the Bible is we must struggle to pull through in our afflictions, as far as we can, and do something to remedy our problems: so we use the human resources we have at hand to solve those difficulties. It is not enough to pray: we also must act. So the apostles teach us not only to pray always, but also to love, to strive, move, travel, or to take any other actions that may be required from us—that is, besides prayer.

    The Lord Jesus Christ tells us:
    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
    For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 7-8

    So if we only hope in the Lord but we let ourselves be carried away by inaction—or unwillingness to act—, that may be the reason why the Lord does not answer our petitions.

    Another question is that if we pray for something that is not really necessary for our lives, or if we do not know the consequences of what we are asking for, the Lord God may similarly, and lovingly, not answer our prayer either.

    Therefore, praying is not enough: we must ask with knowledge and with the Spirit. May our Lord guide us to pray acceptably to Him, so that we have an efficient prayer

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  • November 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    AMEN LORD JESUS CHRIST PLEASE HEAR MY PRAYERS AND MY CRIES THANK YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR WAKING ME MY MOM MY WIFE UP TO LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAY’S. JESUS THANK YOU FOR FORGING ME AND SAVING ME OF MY SINS THANK YOU JESUS FOR GIVING ME YOUR WORDS AND TEACHINGS OF THE HOLY BIBLE TO READ I GIVE YOU ALL THE HONOR PRAISE AND GLORY I LOVE YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR NAME I PRAY AMEN AND AMEN.

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