Extracted from a book written by Rev. Olusola Areogun titled “Are You Praying Or Complaining?”
Prayer is something that almost everybody does, but most people don’t know whether their prayers have been answered or not, and many don’t even care. The truth, however, is that everybody wants answers to prayers.
Are you really praying, or are you just complaining? Many people don’t know that they are not praying in the biblical sense of praying; instead, they are actually complaining. Complaining is not welcome in heaven because there’s no complaint bureau in the presence of God. There is only a heavenly Father who is concerned about His own children and is willing to answer their prayers.
There is something about prayers that you have to take note of—there are laws that govern answered prayers. Not all prayers are answerable. Not all prayers get an audience with God.
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight”. (1 John 3: 22)
“And this is the confidence that we have in him that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we desired of him”. (1 John 5: 14-15)
Verse 14 above tells you that one major key to answered prayers is to obtain the hearing of God or to secure a divine audience. This verse also tells you that it is only the prayer that is prayed according to the will of God that God hears. What this means is that God does not hear any prayer that is not according to His will.
Verse 15 says, “If we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we desire.” The opposite will also be true: if we don’t know that He hears us in whatsoever, we ask, we don’t know that we have the petition that we have desired. That means once you are sure that God has heard you, then you are sure that He has answered your prayers. That is, the prayers that are answerable are prayers that God will hear in the first place.
What makes a prayer answerable is also what makes it ‘honourable’, which is God’s will. So that tells us that prayers have laws that govern them.
We shall be looking later at some of the laws that govern the subject of prayer.
You should also note that prayer is not the same as begging. Asking is prayer, but begging is not prayer, and complaining is also not prayer.
Let’s look at what praying entails:
- Praying means reminding God of His promises.
- Praying means listening to the Holy Spirit’s instructions.
- Praying includes thanking God that He has already done what you are asking Him for.
- Praying includes asking as you desire.
- Praying includes casting your care of the answer on God.
- Praying includes speaking out your answer.
I believe that as you read on in this blog and put what you will learn into practice, you will grow to become a prayer champion, victorious in prayer and not just a prayer warrior. You will become a master at praying personally and receiving answers.
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