If you’re like me, you struggle with your prayer life.
I go from faith to unbelief every day.
It’s an all out war that wages in my mind.
God calls me to prayer, I pray, and then I don’t expect anything to happen.
It’s also sin. It disgraces God who tells me he’s the God who hears prayer – Psalm 65:2.
So what do I do about it?
I need to understand God better.
God is not a Buddha statue who dispenses favors for the best tummy rub.
Nor is he a short-order cook writing down my laundry list of wants.
He’s also not a jolly grandpa in a rocking chair waiting to indulge me.
He’s God Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, who, if I am his child in Christ, is my Heavenly Father, and as such he pledges to be my Covenant God.
What does that mean?
It means that God is ready to hear my prayer, like a father is eager to hear what his son has to say.
He is ready to hear and grant my prayers.
My problem is that I may not perceive his answers.
By giving me a heart to pray and inflaming my desire to pray is an answer to prayer. Psalm 138:3
Also, I do not pray alone. Christ, my mediator, prays over my prayers. He takes the dross out of my prayer and presents it as pure gold to the Father, making my prayer powerful and mighty.
Just like a farmer who sows seed into the ground and then waits for the harvest, my prayers are the seeds I sow in faith and I wait in anticipation for God to send me a harvest of blessing, knowing he has heard and acknowledged each prayer.
If I remind myself of these truths, I have hope my prayer life will improve and the Lord will be pleased with me.