"And now. Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever." 2 Samuel 7:25, (NIV)
King David believed in prayer as did every man and woman of God in the Bible. Jesus himself practiced prayer and reminded us of its importance. Paul also preached the importance of prayer as does every other follower of Jesus.
God wants us to pray without ceasing. Why? Because he wants us to stay connected to him and in so doing have ongoing fellowship with him. He encourages us to seek the wisdom and direction he has promised to those who commit their way and put their trust in him.
To get prayer answered we need to pray with right motives, a thankful heart, in faith believing God answers prayer, and with persistence.
We also need to pray with the knowledge of God's promises-what he will and won't do. He always wants what is best for us so it is very important to pray in harmony with his will as found in his Word, the Bible.
One of the many promises of God that I particularly appreciate is also from David: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who revere him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him."1
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, may the manner of my life, the desires of my heart, and my prayers always be in harmony with your will so you will do as you have promised and grant the desires of my heart. Gratefully in Jesus' name."
1. Psalm 145:18-20.
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