God Wants To Bless You
I have to confess there was a time when I doubted that God had any blessings planned for me. Thankfully, now I know better. All you need to do is look at my wonderful family, home and ministry to see how blessed my life is. What about you? Do you wonder if God is even looking your way, let alone working on a plan for your future? How do think your day would unfold if you believed that God wanted to bless you? What do you think this world would look like if we all believed in the power of God’s blessings? Things have been difficult during this pandemic; with job layoffs and school closings. I think right about now, we all need a big healthy dose of God’s love in our lives.
But how do we do that, how can we connect to God’s presence?
By the power of prayer. Prayer is our direct conduit to God. it’s a way for us to hear and be heard. It’s a way for us to let God share in our innermost thoughts and desires. I am sure you agree what is most needed in this crazy lost world is more prayer. And there isn’t anything more powerful than a heartfelt prayer.
But how can we be sure that God is listening, and why would He care about my prayers?
The answer to this question is easy, and it can be found in the verse of John 16:24 “Until now you have asked nothing in my Name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” When we pray in Jesus’ name, God listens. Those Prayers are not a magic vending machine with Jesus as the coin we slip in at the end, in order to get what we want. No, it is important that we pray for God’s glory to be revealed. Our prayers need to be in agreement with God’s will. That is why it’s vital to pray in Jesus name. Jesus answers the question of why God would care about your prayers further along in John 16:26-27 when He said, “I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” God loves us and wants to bless us.
If you still need encouragement to pray, here are six justifications that will help you feel more confident in your prayer life. I said before there is nothing so powerful as a heartfelt prayer. The definition of heartfelt prayer is the strong conviction of a feeling or its expression, made sincere and felt from the heart. So, go ahead and pray because…
1. Every prayer is heard.
1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
2. No prayer goes unanswered.
Psalm 66:17-20, “I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the LORD would not have listened, but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”
3. No prayer is too large.
Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
4. No Person is too insignificant.
Romans 8:37-39, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD.”
5. Prayer can change people and situations.
2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
6. Prayer is a daily necessity.
Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the LORD's people.”
Pray your prayers for the healing of this land and its people. Pray for the lost and lonely. Pray for the young and elderly. Pray for yourself and the ones you love. Pray, and ask for blessings, then go out and be a blessing. But most of all, believe in the power of prayer and believe that God is listening.