God is all powerful and He hears the prayers of those who trust in Him (Psalms 34:15). We can look to Jesus and pray for healing, protection, provision and everything else (Philippians 4:6). When we pray, we can watch and eagerly anticipate God to move on our behalf (Psalms 5:3). The purpose of prayer is to bring God glory (John 14:13).
Do you know that prayer changes us too? Billy Graham once said, “Before prayer changes others, it changes us first.” As we pray, the Holy Spirit works in us and transforms us to be more Christ-like. He teaches and changes us in our thoughts, speech and actions which influence the choices we make in life. When our attitudes change, we will be able to express our praise and worship to God in all situations.
When our values begin to align with those of Christ, the way we pray will change too. We will no longer pray solely for our own interests and needs but will desire to pray for others and for the will of God. In fact, we know that prayer can surely transform us if we pray for our enemies humbly and genuinely (Matthew 5:44-45)! Praying for our enemies and loving them is not natural to the flesh. It is the divine way of Christ!
Do we pray for the will of God to be done in our lives?
The will of God has to be accomplished so that God receives the greatest honour and glory. We should seek the will of God increasingly so that we can become who God wants us to be. The prayer of “may Your will be done” indicates transformation and the heart of praying it is to surrender our personal desires and agenda. It signifies our willingness to follow His lead though we may not know where His will may take us. If we expect God to answer our prayers in the way we want, we will be reluctant to pray for His will to be done. Jesus’ prayer at Gethesame was the perfect example of a complete surrender and submission to the Father’s will (Matthew 26:36-42). Although His preference was for the cup to be removed, His priority was for God’s will to be done.
Do we desire to become more and more like Jesus? Begin to spend time with Jesus in prayer today! (1 Thessalonians 5:17).