Continuing in what the Bible tells us about prayer, we pray…
7) In patience…Among other things, we are to “pursue…patience.” (1 Tim. 6:11b NKJV) Paul wrote, “May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and of the patience that comes from Christ.” (2 Thess. 3:5 TLB) “If we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.” (Rom. 8:25 Phillips) And Peter said to “let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:4 NKJV)
In Paul’s letter to the Roman church, he admonished them to behave like Christians, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” (Rom. 12:12 NKJV)
I don’t think we can separate faith and patience. If there is no faith, there is no patience.
8) With the Spirit’s help…Paul prompts us to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,” (Eph. 6:18a NKJV) for “the Spirit also joins in to help our weaknesses…the Spirit Himself pleads our case for us with groanings that cannot be uttered.” (Rom 8:26 RGT)
Sometimes God calls on us to pray for a certain person or situation even when we have no knowledge of the whys or what-fors. It may be to save someone from a disastrous circumstance. The Spirit leads us in those uncertain times to be an intercessor.
9) Until we have peace…We pray releasing all anxieties that we may be in peace and we pray about a matter until we obtain peace.
If peace is not evident, it is probably not right, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.” (1 Cor. 14:33 NKJV)
The lack of worry and anxiety sabotaging our faith and cluttering our prayers has a promise, “If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7 NLT)
10) With praise and thanksgiving…Last, but not least, prayer is not complete without praise and thanksgiving. Paul exhorts us, “Always maintain the habit of prayer; be both alert and thankful as you pray…In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Col. 4:2 Phillips, Phil. 4:6b NIV)
Why should God answer us if we never add praise and thanksgiving to our prayers? Praise and thanks should be the bookends to all our prayers…and all in between.
Do we ask the Father, in Jesus’ name, believing we receive, according to His Word, will, and promises, asking in boldness, expectancy, patience, with the Holy Spirit’s help, in peace, with praise and thanksgiving? And asking in faith, for without faith, what good are our prayers?
I close this series with one of my favorite verses: