Topic: Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Have you ever wondered why you need to pray when God knows your thoughts?
Prayer is deliberate communication with God. He knows our thoughts but He likes for us to communicate with Him frequently. Isn't it wonderful that we can communicate with Him as we do with our friends? He speaks to us through His Word, which prompts us to interact with Him. When we have the Holy Spirit living within us, we have the ability to recognize His voice.
Satan tells us our prayers don't matter because God is limited to what we think or God knows our thoughts, so we don't need to pray. When we don't know what to do or in situations that are too big for us to solve, God wants us to give Him an opportunity to display His power in our lives.
I have found that when I give my preconceived ideas and notions to God, His answers are far better than my preconceived ideas. If we ask God to get involved in our daily lives, follow His directions, we will see amazing results. When we pray we give God the opportunity to display His power in our lives. The same God who parted the Red Sea for the Israelites is at work today. God answers our prayers because of His great mercy and His love for us, not our good works.
When we pray we don't have to listen to electronic messages before we get to talk to God. He doesn't have voice mail. His line is never busy. We are not put on hold or hear the message, "All calls will be answered in the order received." We don't have to wait for God to take our call. We read in Isaiah 65:24, "While they are still speaking, I will hear." However, He does not always answer our prayers immediately, sometimes we have to wait for His timing, but He does hear us while we are praying.
God has many blessings in store for us. He is patiently waiting for us to want the blessings enough to take the initiative to ask for them. Asking is the beginning of receiving. Have you ever thought about how many blessings you have missed because you have not asked? What a blessing it is when He answers even the little requests, like a parking place.
How many times have you asked God to specifically bless you? How much time do you spend communing with God?