Have you ever read 1 John 5:14-15?
“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 received what we asked of Him.”
Wow, we need to be confident that God hears our prayers if we ask in those prayers that: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done as it is in heaven.”
An effective prayer comes from a humble heart and is when we are affected by the God we are praying to. We, the person praying, are changed and transformed just by being in His presence. Just like the haemorrhaging women who touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed. One touch from Him can heal us too, making us whole, changing us for the better.
But how do we know the will of God in a situation that we may or may not be praying about? The more we come to know God by spending time with him, the more we will know His will. We need to trust in the Spirit that God has sent to us, to intercede for us, to give us wisdom, understanding, fortitude, patience, etc (all the gifts of the Holy Spirit) at the time we need them.
Asking our Father that His will be done invites Him in to influence me and my sphere of influence here on this earth. I was put on this earth at this time in history, in this place of Australia or America or England or wherever we are to influence the people in my neighbourhood, in my family and in my workplace.
What would happen if we prayed the Our Father over our situations?
Evelyn Christensen in 1983 wrote “Think what would happen if every Christian brought God’s will to the little sphere that is his, with nothing contrary to God’s perfect will. How different would our nation, our cities, our churches, our homes be?”
Someone once said that they felt like a pawn in God’s hands if they prayed like that. And a wise woman replied: “You know maybe the greatest privilege in the whole world will be for me to be a pawn in the hands of the Almighty God, who never makes mistakes. Just think; I’d never fall down, I would never do anything wrong and every action of mine would be perfect.”
But we are not pawns; we have been given free choice, all the more to glorify God when we do choose His Will. That doesn’t mean it is too late or too hard for me to start now. God can change a people, a city, a nation. God can change me to be effective in this world.
Let’s invite Him in!