Having faith in your prayer life seems to me like such a basic concept of Christianity; and yet at times it seems to be the thing I struggle with the most. I want to have faith that God can answer prayers but doubts flood my mind when I am thinking about what to pray for. I wonder if my prayers are worthy, or if they are too petty to be answered by God. I often feel selfish for praying for myself or asking for prayer. These doubts often keep me from praying at all.
Over time, I started reading verses like Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” And Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” Did this really mean I could ask for anything? There wasn’t a stipulation on how important my prayer was or that I had to be praying for other people. Right there in the Bible was proof that God loves me enough to hear even my most petty prayers AND He wants to give us what we ask for! Other Verses, like 1 John 5:14-15, "this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.” tell us more specifically that God grants prayers that are in His will. To me this means that the other half of faith when praying is faith that if my prayers are not granted then it must not have been in God’s will for my life. Romans 8:28 helps me to remember that God’s plan for my life is better than I can imagine and He always has my best interest at heart. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
I recently took a big leap of faith in my prayer life with extraordinary results. In the past I have struggled with infertility issues. My experiences left me afraid to try to get pregnant again; I was full of fear. This fear brought me to tears one night as I was going to bed, I decided to try what I assumed only crazy intense Christian’s were capable of doing and prayed a prayer with full confidence that God would hear my pleas and grant me my heart’s desire if it was in His will. I asked God to not let me suffer through the long process of trying to get pregnant again. I asked for a miracle that I would be pregnant the very next morning. God answered my prayers and this medically deemed infertile child of God will be having her third baby soon!
What have you been holding back asking for in your prayer life? Are your doubts about God listening keeping you from praying at all? Take a leap of faith! I know you will see results! Be faithful to keep praying and trust that God will be faithful to answer. God loves you and wants good things for you!