God’s Private Phone Number Part 3
How to Connect with God Through Prayer
Prayer is our greatest Christian privilege but—we may as well admit—our greatest Christian failure.
Immediately after Jesus ascended home to Heaven, the Early Church “returned to Jerusalem…to an upper room” and “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…” (Acts 1:12-14, Acts 2:42, Acts 3:1).
Here are the most frequently asked questions about prayer:
- 1 Why should we pray when God already knows our needs?
- We don’t pray to impress God.
- We don’t pray to inform God. (2 Corinthians 6:1).
Q2 What’s OK for me to pray for? Philippians 4:6
Q3 What if I want something that’s not God’s will?
Q4 Does God hear the prayers of people who aren’t saved? (Acts 10:1-4)
Q5 What’s the difference between how God handles prayers of a saved person who can pray in the name of Jesus and the prayers of an unsaved person? God has given prayer promises to the child of God that He has not given to the unsaved. But God can hear the unsaved person’s prayers and have mercy upon him.
Pesky Problems with Prayer
Q6 Does Prayer change God’s Mind? (1 Samuel 15:29, Malachi 3: 6, James 1:17). God will do things when we pray that He will not do if we don’t pray. (1 John 5:14).
Q7 What should I do if my prayers aren’t answered? (See Daniel 10:12). Luke 18:1 Jesus said we “ought always to pray, and not to faint.” There’s a time to persist—to keep on keeping on in prayer. (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Q8 Does God have favorites—and He hears their prayers? God doesn’t have favorites, but He does have intimates.
Q9 Can my prayers override the will of another person? No. God has given everyone a free will, and He will never force a person against their free will. (Revelation 22:17).
Q10 Why, then, do we pray for unsaved people to get saved?
Because there’s spiritual warfare taking place! And we can bind the powers of darkness in prayer. (Matthew 17:14-21).
Our prayers do not override their will. But God enables us to bind away the power of Satan, so they may come to Christ.
Q11 May we expect miracles when we pray? Never get in the habit of saying what God cannot do. There’s nothing too hard for God; He is a God of might and miracles. (Jeremiah 32:17).
In the Bible, miracles had certain things in common.
They gave glory to God.
They did not glorify men.
They validated the claims or the identify of God, and
They advanced God’s work significantly.