“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.” (E. M. Bounds)
A petition is a formal appeal to authority in respect of a particular cause. Christian believers are taught to petition God about every issue that concerns them. A specific list of prayer requests is a necessary part of praying. Without a prayer list there will be no testimony ledger. Everyone ought to have a prayer list.
“Ask, and it will be given to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
Petition – ask
A vital aspect of prayer is supplication, which is the action of asking for something earnestly or humbly. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” (James 5:13) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6:18) “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” (Matthew 6:6) If you have a need, pray and make a request. Don’t complicate matters. Go to God and ask.
Promise – and it will
The Bible’s teaching about prayer is accompanied by some remarkable promises. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24) “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7) “And this is the confidence that we have towards him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15) “Call to me and I will answer you.” (Jeremiah 33:3) God has promised to answer prayer. Ask and expect an answer.
Provision – be given to you
Amazing things happen when we make requests of God. “Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11) The Bible is full of examples of God’s provision in answer to prayer. After giving birth to a healthy baby boy, Hannah looked down at Samuel and declared, “I have asked for him from the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:20) God is Jehovah-Jireh, which means, ‘the LORD will provide’. Whatever you need, ask for it in prayer and see what God will do.
“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!”” (J. Hudson Taylor) Whatever you need, ask. “For everyone who asks receives.”