There is a big difference between keep asking God for the same thing repeatedly, which He has already said; no to, and keep knocking at His door for guidance and discernment, and may He sheds His light on the path that you’re heading.
The journey ahead required daily prayer. I could still see the Lord was revealing some of my struggles in visions and dreams that I have much to learn. How could I guard my heart and protect my soul from the sins of the world? My daily prayer not only became the platform of where I brought my requests and confessed my sin to God, and also where I could express my gratitude for the things He is doing in my life.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 sums it up.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Daily prayer and reading God’s word truly is the secret weapon against the enemy of our souls. I realized how important it’s to shield myself with the armor of God (His word).
There were other voices clamoring for my attention, tempting me to go another way. Temptation is hard enough when it knocks once, but when it keeps knocking at the door our souls repeatedly, it is very difficult to resist. It takes a steadfast mind which will not bow to feelings. Satan will try everything to tempt us or to block our path, to keep us from the life that God intends for us. Sometimes the way before us appears to be blocked. If we focus on the problem or try to go around it, we may be heading for disappointment or danger.
“O Lord, send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; the one you have redeemed, Let them guide me to Your holy dwelling.” (Psalm 43:3)
For me, the key to overcoming temptation is to pray continuously. Before I came face to face with the Lord, I didn’t know how genuine and consistent prayer, infused with a little faith could change my life. I knew before there was a God the Father and I had heard some of the Old Testament stories. But it all seemed like a fairytale to me. I prayed but I felt as if my prayers just bounced off the ceiling. My heart wasn’t in the right place and I couldn’t see any results from my prayers. It seemed like I was going around in an aimless circle. There could’ve been many reasons why I didn’t receive the answer to my prayers, from the doubts in my heart, asking with wrong motivation, unconfessed sin, or not forgiven those who did me wrong.
When I look back at my past, I see how empty and confusing my life was without God’s presence. Of course God was always with me, but I wasn’t with Him. God’s presence is with us whether we sense it or not. Sometimes we are waiting for God to do something about our situation when in reality, God is waiting for us to make a move toward Him.
Now my prayers and my heart-to-heart conversations with Almighty God are moments of adoration, moments of rest, moments of peace and healing. I am talking to God through His Spirit, I am putting my requests before my Father God. Prayer gives me strength. It changes the direction of my thoughts. It purifies my heart. Prayer is one-on-one communication with our Creator. Reverently talking to God at all times helps us to think rightly and strengthens our relationship with Him. It also helps to remove the sting from harsh and strenuous circumstances.
God longs to hear from us. He wants to have an authentic conversation with His children. If we take time out from the busyness and distraction of our lives, setting aside time for intimate communication with God, amazing things happen.
Prayer doesn’t change God’s plan for our lives. But it might change His actions. His answer might be “Yes”, “No”, “Maybe”, or even “Wait a little longer”. But we must be persistent in calling on Him.
Jesus said: “I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)
Furthermore, prayer will change us from the inside. It cleans our hearts and fills us with His strength. It gives us the power to say no to our number one enemy (Satan). Through prayer, God will fill us with His wisdom and good judgement, protecting us from danger. We get to know ourselves through prayer and we can explain the meaning of our faith to others.
Jesus told His disciples. “This, then, is how you should pray:”
‘Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.’
Always pray and never give up. Our prayer to the Father God is through the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus. In ( John 15:16 ) Jesus said, “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give it to you.” Jesus is our savior, our friend and our Lord. We can find our freedom in Him. He is the door of life, He is the prayer himself. Our daily prayer is our act of worship, and it’s a way we acknowledge who’s really in charge of our lives. So keep on asking and keep on knocking at His door With faith. He will meet all your needs according to His will.
Stay tuned for more to see how “His Word Pierced My Heart” while I heard His voice!