Why should God answer that prayer?
I’m not trying to be facetious. There is no hidden agenda in the question. It’s not one of those questions that has another one embedded within. It’s simple: That prayer request that you offered up to God this morning… why should He answer? Why are you asking Him to do… to help… to rescue …to heal?
I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this or not but many of the prayers in scripture include reasons. That is, the people not only asked God to intervene in their lives they explained why they felt it was important that He do just that!
Psalms 79 and 80 give several examples. They include the reasons that most of us would expect:
- We will call on your name 80:18
- For the glory of thy name 79.9
- For Your name’s sake 79.10
- To silence the nations 74.10 – 79.10
There is however an example, also in the Psalms, that love for it’s plain language: Psalm 123:3-4.
God help us! …because… because …well because we’ve had enough!
There’s no need to act spiritual with God – He already knows your heart so you might as well come out with it.
Why not try …maybe just for one day… to include with every prayer request the reason you feel God should answer.
Be warned – I tried it once and had to retract the prayer!
…OK maybe it was more than once…