When faced with a situation and you want to pray about it, first ask yourself; what does the Bible teach about my situation?

This is what the Bible teaches us about prayer

“…ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:2-3

There are two rules of prayer;

Ask Anything

1. You do not have because you do not ask, James 4:2.

According to His will

2. You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, James 4:3.

The first one depends on God’s love and power: God will give you everything you ask for in Jesus’ name. 

Did Christ really teach this? 

Think about these verses:

  • Everyone who asks receives, Matthew 7:7, 8.
  • If you ask anything in my name, I will do it, John 14:14.
  • If you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it you, John 16:23.

These wonderful verses and many more show us the first rule of prayer. 

But the second law limits the first. It is based on the wisdom and holiness of God. His love and power must work with His wisdom and holiness. 

The second rule says that: God will only give His children what is best for them.

Your Father will give good things to them that ask Him, not a stone or a serpent, Matthew 7:9-11. A stone or serpent can mean anything distractive to you or does not glorify the Father.

If my prayer does not glorify the Father, I should not ask. If I do ask, the Son will not give me what I asked for.

That your joy may be full, John 16:24.

I may pray for something I think will bring me pleasure. But instead of giving me what I asked for, God will give me something else that will bring me full joy now and for eternity as well. That the Father may be glorified in the Son, John 14:13.

The great problem about prayer is: If I pray for something I want, will God give me? The answer is: Yes, unless it is not according to His will. 

These two rules show why this is so.

God answered prayer for many people in Bible and still now, He does. But He also sometimes refused, and He still does. 

There is great power in prayer. 

Prayer is a wonderful benefit of Salvation, but we must be careful what we pray for. 

Whenever we bow in prayer, Christ asks us,

  • What do you want me to do for you? Matthew 20:32, and
  • Do you believe that I am able to do this? Matthew 9:28.

Paul in Philippians 4:6 says. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”


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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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