Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Are you grateful? – Day 14

Grateful for prayer

Bible text(s)

4Even before I speak,

you already know what I will say.

Psalms 139:4GNBOpen in Bible reader

2You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it.

Ask, Seek, Knock

7“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7GNBOpen in Bible reader

17pray at all times,

1 Thessalonians 5:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

24For this reason I tell you: when you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.

Mark 11:24GNBOpen in Bible reader

Someone once asked me: “Why do we still need to pray if God already knows what we need?” My question to you, however, is: “When last have you spoken to God about your challenges, requesting him to specifically work in your life?”

We have an electronic piano at home. My daughter, Joalé, loves music and one of the highlights of her day is when I announce that we will be playing the piano. She usually runs ahead to the piano and while standing on the tips of her toes, reaches up to the keys in the hope of hearing a sound. The problem, however, is when the piano is not plugged into the power source, it doesn’t produce any sound. This often causes Joalé to look at me with big eyes as if to ask: “So, where is the sound, Mum?”

God is our power source and when we pray, he demonstrates his power to us. Although we read in Psalm 139:4: “You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD,” we also read in James 4:2 b: “… You have not because you ask not.” Therefore, although God knows about our difficult marriages, financial crisis, challenge with our weight or bad relationship with family members, he still wants us to consult him about it.

Prayer changes our perspective on any challenge we might face. Not only does it help us to stay humble and dependent on God, it also helps us to look away from the challenge, focusing on God. It is like allowing God to fill the silent, dry areas in our lives with world-class symphonies.

How do we know that prayer works? In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we read: “Never stop praying.” And in Mark 11:24 Jesus says: “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

When last have you spoken to God – not just the five minutes in the morning or evening, but throughout the day while also listening to his voice when he replies through his Holy Spirit? Do you invite him to be a part of all your decisions or do you merely inform him after you have already made them? Remember, God never slumbers nor sleeps. He already has world-class symphonies lined up. Plug into him and you might be amazed at what he is able to do in your life. God bless.

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