One of the greatest prayer promises in the Bible is in Jeremiah 33:3(KJV) – ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not’. This verse tells us how much the Lord is willing and waiting to do for His people if only they will come before Him in humility and make known their requests to Him. Again in Ps81:10 he says – ‘I am the Lord thy God, Which brought thee out of the land of Egypt; Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it’.
There’s a recurring theme in both verses of scripture above – Prayer opens you up to a world of endless possibilities! What a passion the Lord has, that we press and enter in… so he keeps urging us on! So why do we see a disparity what we ask for and what we see? There are a wide ranging reason but we shall explore a few. Luke 18:1 (Living Bible)puts one this way – ‘One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must keep praying until the answer comes’.
The above scripture gives us an insight into why it seems that our prayers don’t work. It’s because sometimes we give up too soon. We must begin to be aware of the dynamics of prayer. When we pray, something is being built, something is developing, and something is gathering pace. If we persist and don’t give up, we’ll see the fruit of our prayers; this was what Jesus meant. In the later part of that scripture, Jesus said ‘’When I, the Messiah, return, how many will I find who have faith and are praying?”
In other words, when God’s comes to try us, will He find us full of faith and declaring the heart and will of God? Or will we have lost hope and said some horrible things in dejection. The same theme was repeated in Matt 26:40, Jesus urging His disciples on the importance of keeping a vibrant prayer life he said “Were you not able to keep watch with me for one hour?” He asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Prayer helps us to overcome the weakness of our body. Again, he’s saying here that there’s a possibility for an individual to go beyond natural or physical limitations through the advantage of prayer.
Prayer opens us up to a world of limitless possibilities. Our earnest desire is that as we study God’s word and engage with the planned spiritual activities, we become transfigured to conform to the image of the Son.