“All good is born in prayer, and all good springs from it.” (C. H. Spurgeon)
On a certain occasion the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) One of the key principles Jesus taught was that we should pray expectantly.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it
will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
Pray – whatever you ask for in prayer
According to James the Lord’s brother, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” (James 4:3) Jesus taught, “Ask, and it will be given… for everyone who asks receives.” (Luke 11:9-10) The key to a healthy, dynamic prayer life is to begin praying. “Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour.” (Francis de Sales) How often we pray, and for how long, matters. Strong Christians are praying Christians. The promises of God are available to every believer who knows how to pray.
Believe – believe that you have received it
The writer to the Hebrews said, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Unbelieving prayer is a misnomer. “Faith is the vital principle of prayer.” (Reinhard Bonnke) When we pray we are placing our confidence in the character of God, in the promises of his word, and in his willingness to do us good. Whatever the request, we are to pray in faith, believing that we have received the answer.
Receive – and it will be yours
James teaches, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16) He goes on, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” (James 5:17-18) Prayer is more than a religious exercise or spiritual discipline. Through prayer petitions get answered. “We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that he will.” (Corriedale Ten Boom) God answers prayer.
“Fervent prayers produce phenomenal results.” (Wood row Kroll) The Psalmist wrote, “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3) That is how we should all pray. Expectantly. Pray, believe, receive.