Points of Prayer
“But in everything [by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving] present your requests to God.” (Phil.
We often think that prayer is asking God for something. In fact,
prayer is making a connection to God. It is not important to ask for
anything, but to follow these basic three principles:
1. First, pray earnestly and sincerely. “I love them that love me;
and those that seek me early shall find me.” (Prov. 8:17) Often we pray for
things, rather than to God who gives us all things. God hears our prayers,
because He loves us. A pastor was cleaning up his study and his three-year-old
son tried to help him move some books. He chose a thick book that he could
not move and sat on the floor and began to cry. His father saw this and came
over to pick him and the book up, and went up to his study. If our hearts
are like this boy, how can God not listen to our prayer?
2. Second, before you pray, give. “Give, and it shall be given
unto you.” (Luke 6:38) Before prayer, one should first look at what he has,
not what he has not. One brother worked in an express mail company. He was
penalized $300 for a mistake he made. When he went to church, he had only
$20 for the rest of week, before he could receive his paycheck. He struggled
for a while and thought how could he come to the Lord with a empty hands? So
he put the money in the offering plate. On Monday morning, his boss called
him and said: “We made a mistake. It was not your fault, therefore we will
not penalize you.”
3. Third, give thanks before you pray. “Devote yourselves to
pray, being watchful and thankful.” (Col. 4:2) Giving thanks is showing our
dependence on God. During the 17th century, Sweden, Catholics
were persecuting Protestants, an elderly sister living in a village was
persuaded by her children to leave. But she refused, she insisted sacrificing
her life for the sake of the Lord. The next day, she got up and saw that all
the troops had retreated. Because the whole house was covered by snow. They
even cannot find the door.
We need a
lifetime to learn to pray. Because praying is the lifeblood of the saints.
If we understand these three points: praying earnestly and sincerely, giving
before we pray, and giving thanks before the pray, our prayers are more
meaningful. Then God will reward us and fulfill His desire in our life.