Focus Scripture: Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (NKJV)
As we have seen, prayer is a form of communication with God. When we talk to each other, we have a better sense of who we are in relation to the other. If this talk does not occur, misunderstanding results and signals get crossed. The same is true of our communication with God. The more we talk to God, the more sensitive is our understanding of God. The better we understand God, the more we are likely to trust. And if we can trust, we can learn to “wait and be still.” Through prayer, God makes us whole and gives us peace. God will serve as an unwavering force that replenishes our depleted souls over and over again in times of trouble. All we have to do is ask for help.
What does prayer reveal about our beliefs in God?
- Prayer presupposes a belief in God.
- It expresses faith that God cares for us.
- It assumes that God is in control of all things.
Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians
Ephesians 3:16-21 (NLT)
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.