By Juan Sanchez
Charles Spurgeon had to be one of the most confident prayer warriors to have ever lived. Reflecting on prayer, he said:
Oh, that every Christian enterprise were commenced with prayer, continued with prayer, and crowned with prayer! Then might we also, expect to see it crowned with God’s blessing. So once again I remind you that our Saviour’s example teaches us that, for seasons of special service, we need not only prayers of a brief character, excellent as they are for ordinary occasions, but special protracted wrestling with God like that of Jacob at the brook Jabbok, so that each one of us can say to the Lord, with holy determination, ‘With thee all night I mean to stay, and wrestle till the break of day.’
When such sacred persistence in prayer as this becomes common throughout the whole Church of Christ, Satan’s long usurpation will be coming to an end, and we shall be able to say to our Lord, as the seventy disciples did when they returned to him with joy, ‘Even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.’”
In too many churches, prayer is weak. It’s sometimes even non-existent in our public gatherings. Why is this? Could it be that we lack confidence in God?
Prayerlessness, no matter the reason, communicates a lack of need for God or a lack of confidence in God. We need to understand what the Lord teaches about prayer. We need to trust the promises that flow out of His teaching on prayer.
Allow me to share five promises that flow out of Jesus’ teaching on prayer that will strengthen your prayer life, as well as that of your church.
1. We are His children (Matthew 7:7-11).
“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”
2. Jesus glorifies the Father by answering prayers offered in His name (John 14:13-14).
“Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
3. God hears his obedient children (John 15:7).
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.”
1 John 3:21-22 also says, “Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight.”
4. If we ask according to God’s will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).
“This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
5. If He hears us, then we have what we ask for (1 John 5:15).
“And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him.”
There are many Scriptures that give us confidence in prayer, but these five are especially helpful for us to contemplate. It’s amazing to consider we’re children of the living God.
We’ve been adopted into God’s family through faith in His beloved Son. Since the Father delights in His one and only Son, He also delights in us.
And if He doesn’t withhold any good thing from His Son, He will not withhold any good thing from us. After all, He’s already given us the greatest treasure—Jesus Christ.