Excerpt From: Bounds, E.M. “Power Through Prayer.”
I love James 5:16-18 of the MSG Bible; "Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn't rain, and it didn't---not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again."
Often times I pray for God to answer my prayer and I don't even consider the fact that I a not living a life pleasing to God. I find myself angry or questioning God lack of response to my request.
Before I became a Christian I will expect God to answer my prayers while I was living righteously.
I have always being a regular church goer, meaning I can't remember a time in my life when I felt ok with deciding to stay home and not go to church. I have considered not going because I am either tired and don't feel like denying myself or have an attitude with someone and will prefer to not see the person, however no matter what, I still went.
Before I became a true Christian it didn't matter how I was living my life, to me or those around me as long as I went to church and gave my money. I was a devoted "Sunday Christian".
One Sunday the preacher of the church I was attending asked everyone in the congregation to make one prayer request to God, he quoted, Mark 11:24; "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” We took a moment for everyone to make his or her silent prayer request. I closed my eyes and prayed that the guy I was currently dating will ask me to marry him. That may sound ok to you, but sadly our relationship was not pure, we were having sex.
I left church exited to wait for God to answer the prayer, but when I arrived at my house cousin informed me that my boyfriend was a married man.
I was so angry with God, I felt like God doesn't care about me, I tried to believe that he will answer my prayer but instead he made me look like a fool.
I never focus on the fact that I should not had made the request I made because I was not pleasing God in the first place. I had the audacity to believe God will bless my sinful choice.
I will love to say that I only had those expectations of God while I wasn’t a true Christian but sadly; as a Christian I am ashamed to say I can have the same expectation at times
The Bible say that Elijah was a man just like me, but the thing that made a difference in him witnessing God answer his prayers was; that he strive to live a righteous life.
After someone took the time to show me the scriptures and call me to live a life that is pleasing to God as 1 Thessalonians 4:7 says; "For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life." I clearly saw that God is not my genie who grants me wishes, but he is grants me what I need to bring him glory.
Also I learned that just like Elijah in order for God to consider my prayer I should be striving to live a life that pleases Him.
Dear God good morning; thank you for waking me up and the opportunity to come before you.
This morning I believe that you want me to meditate on the way I am living. My goal is to become a woman of prayer but I can forget that I must watch my life as 1 Timothy 4:16 says; "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." I can get so busy that I forget to take inventory of my life. No wonder why am I not seeing you work, or answer prayers in my life.
God this week I have being bit controlling even with my hubby, I have found myself making a lot of demands, instead of request. I have also not being good about praying before I commit to a new responsibility and therefore spreading my self thin and finding myself having minor panic attacks.
I pray to before I start doing anything in your name, I will first take an inventory of my day and see if there is anything I need to repent of or ask forgiveness for; and after I have brought those things before you just like Elijah; I pray to pray earnestly that you work in my life to bring you glory.
In Jesus name I pray