“Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.”
1 John 5:14-15
The Purpose of Prayer
Have you ever asked the question “does God hear me when I call?” When prayers seemingly go unanswered, it’s easy to wonder if God is listening at all. But here’s the beauty of prayer—its purpose is more about communion than outcomes. Prayer is the opportunity to engage with the God of all creation, building a relationship of intimacy and trust. Like children who ask of their parents in good faith, we too, can trust our heavenly Father. Even better, He knows what we need before we even ask. And that puts us in a favorable position.
The Position in Prayer
Some people pray with their head bowed and hands folded, while others pray face-down with their eyes open. Regardless of your physical position during prayer, your spiritual position is always seated in heavenly places. Once you put your faith in Jesus and pray according to His name, God the Father views you through the lens of His Son. And how did Jesus pray? He says, “Not my will, but Your will be done.” Praying according to God’s will puts us in a position to receive every good thing. But sometimes, good things come at a cost.
The Patience for Prayer
After Jesus prays to His Father in Gethsemane, He heads down the road to Golgotha. And from the cross, He cries out in His darkest moments: “Father! Father! Why have you forsaken me?” The intimacy and care Christ felt prior to His crucifixion was masked by the weight of shame, grief, and sorrow. As proven through Jesus’ life, God’s will often takes us down the road less traveled. But when we pray according to His will, we find we’re right where we need to be—enduring all things with patient faith and humble obedience.
The Power of Prayer
God always answers prayers according to His perfect plan, but His answers are not often revealed in our proposed timing. Jesus is crucified and in a tomb for three days. But the power of His own prayers to the Father, combined with the generations of saints who ask day and night for God’s will to be done, is what rolls stones away. Prayer breaks the barrier of abysmal silence and brings forth miracles of glorious light. Jesus’ resurrection overcomes sin and death for good. And, His ascension prompts the promised Holy Spirit. As the disciples pray in one accord, they are indwelled with the Comforter and Helper. Over and over again, the Holy Spirit proves Himself to be the perfect Advocate. Today, when our hearts still question if God hears us, His powerful Spirit prays within us.
What are you asking God for in prayer? Are you asking for a friend to be healed of illness? Are you praying for a mother to experience grace? Maybe you’re believing for the widower’s heart to be filled with unspeakable joy or for the prodigal to finally return home. Are you praying for your own mind to find rest? No matter the request, He hears the cries of His children. So, with full confidence, ask for what you need and believe that you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. May His will be done in and through your life today.