Preacher: Pastor Alex Adegboye
Everybody prays but how many people really get answers to their prayers? Hence, there is a call for a more skillful praying. It is not so much what you say during prayers that gets God’s attention, but how do you say what you say?
God says we should ask so that we can receive from Him. Psalm 2:8, Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Isaiah 55:6, Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
It is God that invites us to pray to Him. John Wesley made a profound statement when he said, “God will not do anything of value for humanity unless someone asks Him.” God cannot work without our prayers; He needs us to ask Him.
When we cry out to God in prayers, He would attend to us. Some things could be impossible with man, but nothing is impossible with God. Matthew 19:26, But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Luke 1:37, For with God nothing shall be impossible.
In 2 Chronicles 14:8-12, we see King Asa petitioning God through prayer. Prayer is the place of warfare. It is during prayers that we engage spiritual forces and hosts. When Asa cried unto the LORD his God, his cry was heard by God and God smote the enemies of Judah.
Three Points from 2 Chronicles 14:8-12
Invoke God’s involvement through your prayer. 2 Chro 14:11; 2 Pet 1:4
Let your petition disqualify your enemy. 2 Chro 14:11b
Express your absolute dependence and faith in God. 2 Chro 14:11
Prayer gives voice to the promise of God. Psalm 50:15 reveals, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Any prayer that is prayed must be based on the Word of God. You can trust God to make something good out of a bad situation. Like factorization principle in mathematical equations, we should always factor God into the equation of our lives. When you involve God in your situations, He is able to make something good out of a bad situation.
Prayer gives voice to the promise of God.