And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Have we forgotten how to pray? Let's review four things for a good prayer life.
1. We must not have a preconception of what the outcome of the prayer will be.
If we ask for bread expect bread. If we ask for rain expect rain. If we ask for forgiveness expect forgiveness and let the past go. Don't drag that dead horse around with us. Christ says that God's will is for his children to have good gifts, guidance. Too many times when we pray, we say we pray for God's will but are expecting a different outcome. For example. We pray for the sick and pray for healing, but we have doubt. We have just asked for bread and then expected a stone.
2. Nothing is too great or too small in prayer: Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
3. We must pray in earnest believing, we must pray in faith, we must pray for one another. James 5:15-17..... 15: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. 17: The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
4. We must pray continually, always. Colossians 4:2 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.
Prayer indeed is work, prayer indeed is by faith and trusting. Prayer indeed is approaching the throne of our Heavenly father asking for his will and expecting no less.
We must be faithful in our prayer life. If we ask for bread let us not expect God to give us a stone.