God commands us in his Word to pray with faith-filled hearts, believing that he hears our requests, and that he has the ability to grant them if they fall into accordance with his sovereign will. But what does praying in faith look like?
When we pray in faith, we go before God expecting him to do the unexpected, the supernatural, the miraculous. The last thing God wants us to do is to close our eyes, utter a quick prayer to him, and then to open our eyes, move on with our lives, and expect no change. Doing so is pointless, a waste of time, and in total frankness, downright disrespectful to God. When we pray out of a sense of mere obligation, we are either assuming that God cannot help us or we are assuming that he does not desire to help us, neither of which is true.
In Matthew 7:9-11, we read: “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
God tells us plain as day in his Word that he WANTS to give good gifts to those who ask him. He wants to grant their requests. All they have to do is ask.
At this point, you’re probably wondering, “Now wait a minute, if God desires to give me what I ask for, than why don’t I have everything I have asked for?
Romans 8:28-29a says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…”
God’s been thinking about you for a long time. A really long time. He knows what’s best for you, and he doesn’t want you to settle for anything less. He wants to give you the best, and the best is his son. He wants you to be like Jesus. And he is not going to grant any prayer request that doesn’t help you to become more like Jesus.