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Expectation in Prayer

October 17, 2017

Having an expectation of God in relation to answering our request made through our prayers is not a bad thing.  We should expect God to hear us and respond.  We want God’s Kingdom to grow as we lift up our request to Him.

 

It is obvious in Scripture that we should make our prayers aim to glorify God.  If our prayers aim to better our self outside the hope for glorifying God, then we are misleading our prayers.  Jesus told us to ask God to “give us our daily bread.”[1]  This is a valid request that we have effective, healthy bodies to do just what Jesus told us before this verse which is, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.”[2]  Basic food helps us to glorify God. Jesus tells us to request that God graciously give it to us.

 

A.W. Tozer believed that we should make these types of request to God, but he also pushes us to have greater expectations of God with our requests.

 

“This matter of prayer really bears on the great privileges of the common people, the children of God.  No matter what our stature or status, we have the authority in the family of God to pray the prayer of faith.  The prayer of faith engages the heart of God, meeting God’s conditions of spiritual life and victory.

 

Our consideration of the power and efficacy of prayer enters into the question of why we are part of a Christian congregation and what that congregation is striving to be and do.  We have to consider whether we are just going around and around – like an religious merry-go-round.  Are we simply holding on to the painted mane of the painted horse, repeating a trip of very insignificant circles to a pleasing musical accompaniment?

 

Some may think the path of the religious carousel is a kind of progress, but the family of God knows better.  We are among those who believe in something more than holding religious services in the same old weekly groove.  We believe that in an assembly of redeemed believers there should be marvelous answers to prayer.

 

We believe that God hears and actually answers our praying in the Spirit.  One miraculous answer to prayer within a congregation will do more to lift, encourage and solidify the people of God than almost any other thing.”[3]

 

Like Tozer, we should not settle for a prayer life that is nothing but a cycle that we state without any expectation from God to move.  As the Church, we must be diligent to purposefully point to what we want our God to do to grow His Kingdom through us.   God has much power, will we make our request in sight of how powerful He is?

 

 

Caleb Rawls – is the pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Laurel Mississippi, and husband to Taylor Rawls.  Together they strive to lead the church to reach out to their community and world.  And yes, they have a dog named Tiglath-Pileser.

 

Notes                             

[1] Matt. 6:11 (ESV)

[2] Matt. 6:10 (ESV

[3] Tozer, A.W. & Seaver “Prayer – Communing with God in Everything” Moody Publishers. Chicago. 2016 pg 54-55

 

 

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