Psalms 55:16-17 “As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
Supplication, def: Entreaty; humble and earnest prayer in worship.
The assurance of knowing your are heard is a comforting thought. It can be no more powerful than in prayer. To know that when we lift our voice, God’s ear is bent toward us to hear us. He has so much in His Word on prayer.
Matthew 21: 21-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
We know and can trust that what God says will come about. He is not a liar, nor a deceiver. He wants us to put Him to the test. He wants the opportunity to show Himself real to us.
So, why is it that we pray sparingly, sparsely or not at all?
Prayers increase when trouble comes. We call upon our nation to pray when situation and circumstance arise that is devastating, calamitous, or shocking. Pearl Harbor, assassinations, September 11th and such the like cause our leaders to call upon the masses to pray. It is cause and effect.
God would have us to pray preventive and not reactive. We, who name the name of Christ, have been brought into a special relationship where prayer is the main mode of communication. God’s Word is Him talking to us. But any relationship thrives on two-way communication. It is the element of belief that hinders us.
A prolific bumper sticker says,
“God said it. I believe it. That settles it.”
I believe for the Christian, it is “God said it. That settles it.” whether I believe it or not.
Should I doubt the God of the impossible because my mind cannot wrap around the truth presented? Should I shy away from asking or doing a thing because I feel wholly inadequate?
God said; “Let there be light” and there was light. Jesus said “Peace” and the waters were stilled and the storm calmed.
Matthew 7: 7-7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
I started by giving the definition of supplication; elements of which are earnest and humble. But we often forget the worship part. You see, when we understand the nature of just Who it is we are speaking to, our whole perspective is altered.
I cannot come and just dump my laundry list of wants at His feet and walk away without any kind of interaction. Would I be so careless or nonchalant if I were to be in conversation with the President; world leader or famous celebrity?
My God is Supreme. He is Sovereign. He is my All in All; my King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Those are not just names or titles of a position He holds – He embodies every attribute ascribed to Him.
So when our mind and heart are focused on just Who it is we are speaking to, I want to be made pure before I speak.
Psalms 139: 23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I want to know that my way is clear to be heard.
Isaiah 59: 1-2 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Even when I am in the wrong, God makes the way clear through the blood of Christ. I can come clean and be cleansed. Again, believing He will do what He said He would.
Simple faith will allow us to come – no matter what.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Amazingly enough, God uses a staining agent – blood – to make us pure and righteous.
To be heard in prayer takes some simple preparation.
Am I clean – is there anything between myself and the Savior?
Is what I am asking a want or a need?
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Am I asking according to His will? Often, we ask things contrary and selfishly.
James 4: 2-3 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
When we leave to Him the carrying out of what is needful, I can see answers to prayers that He guides me to pray.
When no one else but God can get the glory, it is then He works best. Cures to cancer, saving lost loved ones, healing brokenness, comfort to wounded lives, restoring relationships and connecting with sinful man; my Heavenly Father can do it all!
Prayer is first and foremost, personal. You and I must let God into the innermost part of us. He has seen the ugly, the unsightly, and uncomely parts of us and yet, He still loves us. He still bids us come.
We apply human attributes to God. We reason why He cannot and will not hear us. Why would He accept someone such as me? Our preferences, opinions and prejudices keep us from seeing as God sees.
Come to Him as a little child and see just what God can and will do – if you believe.