Scripture for reflection
“… Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24, ESV)
As I reflected on this verse and my own prayer life, I realized that I didn’t really believe it. If I did, my prayer life would be different. I think many times I let my insecurities get the better part of me and keep me from experiencing all that God wants to grant me through prayer, “so that [my] joy may be complete.”
Reasons why we don’t pray
There are several reasons why we don’t pray as we ought to. I have noticed two main ones in my own life and they are both self-centred. Pride is the first one. This is the attitude of believing that I do not really need God, that I can handle my relationships and circumstances without His help. Of course I do not say that to God, but the very fact that I treat prayer very casually is a demonstration of what I really believe about God and prayer. If I truly believe that I desperately need Him in every area of life, I will take prayer VERY seriously.
Unbelief is the other one. This is where I give in to the lie that prayer will not make any difference because God is sovereign and He will do what He will do whether I pray or I don’t, so why pray? What difference will it make since God already has a plan and will fulfill that plan no matter what happens?
How about you?
What’s your reason for your prayerlessness? Whatever it is, pray that the above Scripture passage will revitalize your prayer life. God wants to make our joy in Him full by answering our prayers! He wants us to pray because He wants to answer our prayers! One of the blessings Jesus gives us through His death and resurrection is a direct access to the very presence of God (see Romans 5:2; Hebrews 4:14-16). If you’re a follower of Jesus you have the wonderful privilege of going into the very presence of God and asking for anything in His Name, and He promises to respond! (James 5:17-18).
May the joy that God wants to give be yours today and always! May He open your eyes so that you may see Him as He really is and experience His close presence and great power through prayer. God hears and answers prayer! So pray and keep praying!
Have a blessed Monday!