Written by: Tim Wood
We should never give up on prayer. We should never under estimate the power of prayer. When we pray according to God’s will our prayers are unstoppable.
Jesus made this promise: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7 ESV).
My eyes tend to gaze upon the phrase, “ask whatever you wish.” I like that part. I gravitate toward that part. I have a lot of wishes. We tend to quickly pass over let my words abide in you and settle in on ask whatever you wish. Prayer is letting the word of Jesus abide in us. It’s walking in fellowship with God and His word. Prayer is asking from God what His word reveals to us.
First John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” There it is again: we ask according to his will.
We should never back down on asking. We should never stop praying. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Notice the escalation of intensity. Asking then seeking then knocking. Praying the word and will of God gets aggressive. It’s gritty. Think of Jacob who wrestled with the Lord. He wouldn’t let go until God blessed him. When you are praying the word of God, don’t let go until God blesses you.
Don’t give up. Keep praying in the will and the word of God.