Somehow, I developed this notion that when you prayed, there was a formula you had to follow. I gathered information from certain passages in scripture, heard various individuals speak on prayer, and read books on the topic. The following is what I gathered on “how to pray for results“:
- You had to pray in faith
- You must believe you receive your requests
- You must pray in Jesus name to get results
- You only said “if it be Your will” to God if you were making a decision that you were unsure of God’s will, i.e. going into a missionary ministry
This is scriptural and does have merit. But I have to ask myself; if this is the only way to pray effectively, how would a sinner come to God in the first place? A person making the decision to follow Jesus doesn’t know how to pray in His name. In fact hearing the message of the gospel is what gives them faith for salvation.
“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Rom.10:17
Keep it simple stupid is for complicated people like me, trying to make a wonderful spiritual experience into a difficult task. When I entered recovery, I realized that all I learned about prayer those many years ago, even though it had biblical merit, was not the final authority on prayer.
Early in recovery, those meetings taught this “sage” how much he didn’t know. I heard people saying they rolled out of bed and simply asked God, “please help me stay sober today!” God did so. I prayed that prayer too. He helped me stay sober.
I guess I had become a Pharisee in recovery. I read many times the crucifixion story, how the thief crucified next to Jesus merely said, “remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He didn’t use my formula. Jesus told the thief, “today you will be with me in paradise.”
If you are afraid God will not answer you, so you don’t bother praying, remember the thief. Simply ask God to help you.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.