And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 1 John 5:14.

If an Angel of the Lord should come and put a mark on those of us who are prayerful, I know very little will be able to have the mark. Some find it difficult to pray because their minds are so much occupied with many earthly things, that even during the church services when they are called to pray, they see prayer as a burden, while to some, such time is a time to have some sleep.  The Bible tells us in 1Tess 5:17 to pray without ceasing. A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian. To pray to God is to acknowledge, his all sufficiency and our dependency on Him for all things necessary for us both temporal and spiritual. Our prayer, however, should be associated with the influence of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26(a) says: “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought”. This passage makes us to understand that without the spirit of God in us, without the Holy Spirit working in us, there are tendencies for us to get our priority wrong in prayer. This will definitely result in asking and not receiving. To ask and to receive is to get our priority right in prayer.

In our Old Testament passage, 1 Kings 3:3-14, Solomon received answer to his prayer because he got his priority right, he asked according to God’s will. He asked for understand heart which he needed in his kingship over Israel. This pleased God that after giving Solomon heart of wisdom, He gave him others things as well. 1 Kings 3:11-13 says: And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this things and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern Judgment, Behold, I have done according to thy words: I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so there was none like thee before thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days”.

We ask and do not receive when we do not pray according to God’s will, praying according to God’s will is very important 1 John 5:14 says “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to his will he heareth us”. Knowing the will of God for us is very important to make our prayers successful. We cannot know His will without believing in Him, if we have faith in Christ, we will know our priority in prayer.

In our gospel passage, John 16:21-24 we have the promise of Jesus that in our hours of travails, whatever we ask God in his name, God will surely grant it. He added that our petitions can never be too much because God is capable to grant them all. This is an open cheque to us all; it should also encourage us to pray. Romans 8:32 says: He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things. Luke 11:13 says: If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to them who ask Him.

Beloved, let us always go to God with our petitions and have faith that whatever we ask from him, He will surely grant them to us. God is waiting for your prayer and He is ready to grant your requests.

 

Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D

The Provost

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