Can my prayers influence (change, persuade, help determine) God’s plan? Do our prayers come down to a heart issues and how deep our relationship is with Him?
For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:15-16). Jesus himself says, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:14). He assures us that our Father in heaven will give good gifts to those who ask him (Matt. 7:11). In Exodus 32 it seems the prayer of Moses even got God to change his mind (v. 14): God threatened to wipe out the Israelites, and Moses asked him not to. The Bible indisputably teaches that prayer can make a difference. So why do we still wonder?
God gives us some conditions that must be met in order for us to be in the right condition to have our prayers answered:
- our prayers must be grounded in faith in God (Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24);
- we must ask in Jesus’ name (John 16:24);
- we must ask with the right motives (James 4:3);
- we must be persistent in our dependence on God (Matthew 7:8; Luke 1:10);
- we must keep His commandments and obey Him (I John 3:22); and
- our prayers must be in accordance with His will (I John 5:14)
Ref: Bible study by Robert Driskell
Study and find out for yourself. Why would the bible speak so much to us praying to God? Having a relationship with Him?
Lord, I thank You! I praise You for being every faithful, loving and grace giving. I pray Lord that we will stop and listen for your direction and we will be bold and come to you with expectation. Amen!