Not long ago, I heard someone comment, “Well, that’s an answer to prayer?” and for whatever reason, that comment stuck in my head – but not in necessariliy a good way, more like a rock in a shoe — annoyingly. As I search the Bible, I find it amazing how many passages mention praying or prayer. And in not one is a believer’s prayer not heard or answered! In our prayer lives, it is comforting to know that God hears ALL our prayers, He is attentive to everything we say to Him.
AND He answers each and every one of our prayers, too.
Sometimes it is an immediate “Yes!” and sometimes it is a “Wait a while. I have some blessings I want to give you while you wait.” Other times it is a “No, I have something better planned. Trust me.” But no matter what, it is always with a “I am here. I hear you. I am with you and in you.”
As I pray for a person’s soul – his or her very eternal soul – I can easily get frustrated and wonder, “What is taking so long, Lord! Why isn’t the seed of faith germinating and growing? I know You died for this person, too, and want them in heaven with You also!” Then I remember that Jesus says that He stands at the doors of our hearts knocking – He doesn’t do a forced entry, He doesn’t bully His way in to anybody’s life.
With the “Please, Open the Door” campaign to encourage Christians to open their doors to Mormon missionaries and share God’s love and strew some seeds of His Word, it has recently taken on a new meaning for me – not words directed at us Christians, but for those lost without Jesus – “Please, open the door of your heart to Jesus!” I know He is standing at the door of each and every person’s heart knocking. Some drown out the sound of His knocking with worldly pleasures, idols of their own making, pride and false self-sufficiency. Others with false religions. But Jesus continues to knock – and He’ll continue to knock until either the door is answered or Judgment Day comes.
So as we pray for the souls of others, pray that they answer the knocking at their hearts’ door. Pray that whatever is keeping their attention away from that knocking diminishes. Pray that Christians will plant those seeds of God’s Word in their lives that divert their attention to what is true and to the Person waiting and knocking.
Below is just a handful of verses on prayer and praying:
James 5:16b “The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen.”
Psalm 65:2 “All people will come to you, because you hear and answer prayer.”
Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him.”
Colossians 4:2 “Spend a lot of time in prayer. Always be watchful and thankful.”
2 Thessalonians 3:1 “Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread quickly. Pray that others will honor it just as you did.”
We can pray:
“Dear persistent and patient Father, Thank You for always being there, waiting and knocking. Thank You for always listening to our prayers and for never ignoring them. It is too mind-boggling for me to comprehend that You, my God, would care about and listen to me. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins and for the sins of every person who has ever lived, is living, and will ever live on this earth. Thank you, my King, for doing it all! As we pray for others to come to faith in You – not only to know of You, but to truly know You and believe in You – give us more and more opportunities to share Your love and plant those seeds, to turn the unbeliever’s attention toward Your knocking. Thank you for those opportunities – Thank You for being my Substitute – Thank you for listening to my prayers.”
Guest Blogger: Lori Malnes of Truth in Love Ministry