LEARN TO PETITION GOD
God is a good God and He is the One that says we should ask – that is the fundamental premise upon which prayer stands. That is why it is important that we learn to pray with more skill. Everybody prays not everybody has results to show for prayers.
As Christians, we ought to be interested in prayers not just for the sake of prayers but for the sake of answers that we derive from prayers. If there is no answer to prayer then prayer is a waste of effort.
Four Categories of Prayer drawn from Ephe 6:18 & 1 Tim 2:1-2
Supplication is also known as petition. The most effective prayer is supplication and it can be made for the saved and for the unsaved. In 1 Sam 1:10-19, Hannah had been going to Shiloh for several years but it was her petition that made the difference as her prayer was answered.
Isaiah 41:21, Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
Isaiah 45:11, Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
Isaiah 43:26, Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
Nobody heard the voice of Hannah while she prayed but God heard her voice in heaven. When you petition God, He always respond. Hannah knew that God needed a priest, and she vowed that if God gives her a son, she would give the son back to God.
In 2 Chronicles 20:6-7, we see the way King Jehoshaphat factored God into his prayer.
O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
How to petition God for the impossible:
- Face the wall
- Invoke the character of God.
- Weep sore
- Make a vow
Petition is to bring forth your strong reasons based on the works of Christ on Calvary. Heart-felt petitions are based on intimacy. We observe that both Hannah and Hezekiah wept sore before the Lord and it was not unnoticed by God. If you are broken on the inside, it produces tears on the outside.
Job 16:20, My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
Psalm 126:5, They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Trouble comes to all but trouble does not overcome all