Comprehend the Word: 1 John 5:14-15 NIV
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."
Contemplate the Word:
My prayer life always felt more proper than passionate. Powerful, effective and victorious were not words that described it. Perhaps you can relate?
This verse holds a pretty incredible promise: God will answer prayers according to his will. So how do we know what His will is? He's already revealed it: His Word is His will.
I used to do Bible study for the sake of doing Bible study. I felt okay at that, but never like I was "good" at prayer as if they could be separated. Compartmentalizing God's Word and prayer is like withholding fuel from fire. Yes, we should read, study, memorize, meditate, and put His Word into practice, but we miss the invitation to conversation with God if we attempt to do those things on our own. God is the Author of His Word, He knows how it works and He wants to talk with us about it so that we can fulfill our purposes for this life.
This month we are going to learn how to continually ask, seek, and knock on His door using the blueprint Jesus tucked into the gospels. He's been slowly transforming me from a woman of many plans, to a woman of many prayers, and let me tell you, He's been answering!
Prayer is where I've accessed His power, experienced HIs presence and traded in my earthly perspective for His eternal one.
But what if we're not the "praying" type? Brace yourself for the spiritual two-by-four that knocked me to my knees:
"Prayerlessness is the inevitable result of pride or a lack of faith—usually both. You fail to pray, instinctively, either because you are too proud to realize you need God or too unbelieving to grasp his willingness to help." (JD Greear, How to Pray When You Don't Want To Pray)
If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money, and talent are all you need in life. You’ll always be a little too tired, a little too busy. But if, like Jesus, you realize you can’t do life on your own, then no matter how busy, no matter how tired you are, you will find the time to pray. (Paul Miller, A Praying Life)
Ouch. As we invite Jesus to take over our pride and our doubt, we will learn to pray by His design. His design for prayer has reoriented my heart and mind around Him rather than revolving around myself. Thanking Him in prayer, I recount His faithfulness in the past, remember His goodness in the present, and am reminded of His trustworthiness for the future. Petitioning Him in prayer, to do in and through me what I know with certainty is His will makes sparks fly. And they have nothing to do with me but everything to do with aligning my prayers with His plans. Prayer is where we invite His presence and power to move through us.
If we are prayerless, we will be powerless to fulfill our part of God's great mission.
Do you want a powerful and effective prayer life? Do you want to experience His presence, perspective and power? Do you want to experience the power that only prayer can bring?
This month at Get Into the Word, we will unpack the blueprint for prayer that Jesus gave, and then be crafting 5 prayers by His design — for a problem, a person, our purpose, our people and our priorities in the attached study guide.
God is looking for those who make themselves available to Him to accomplish His work through and the dialogue begins in prayer.
Converse with the Word:
HE: Father, you promise that you want to accomplish your will. You are faithful and powerful, especially in prayer. I invite you to be in charge of my heart and mind and teach me how to pray.
ME: Give me the desire to pray, and faith to believe that prayer is the most productive thing I can do. Forgive me for being complacent about prayer and not making it a priority. Deliver me from ignoring your Spirit and trying to live self-sufficiently.
WE: Fill me Holy Spirit for I know that apart from You, I can do nothing. Make me a person of prayer.
Going Deeper in the Word:
This study was designed for us to roll up our sleeves and pray. Set aside 20-30 minutes this week to unpack Jesus' blueprint for prayer using the attached guide. Then, I invite you to use His design to transform your problem or pain into a powerful and effective prayer.
Print off the attached guide to craft this week's prayer: a prayer for a problem.
I have some big ask's for our big God this month as we dive into prayer. I'm praying you will:
- Exchange your worry for His peace as you pray
- Ask confidently for what you know God wants to give you
- Interact with rather than ignore the Spirit
- Be a person who fights powerfully from their knees
- expect God to work rather than excuse why He's not
Luke 11:9 is your personal invitation from God to engage in ongoing conversation: to ask Him, seek Him, and knock on His door and Jesus gave us a beautiful blueprint for how to do this. Let's dive in!