God answers prayer. If you’ve ever doubted it, I want you to be assured –
God answers prayer.
Welcome to my blog. I appreciate you joining me to discuss an acrostic for prayer to help us all be more proactive about our prayer life. In this post we will cover the Y of the P.R.A.Y.E.R. acrostic –
Yield to His Will.
This is the Your Will be done portion of prayer.
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
1 John 5:14-15 ESV
Many people wonder, why pray if God is going to do what He wills to do anyway?
The answer is because prayer releases God’s power.
Prayer releases His will. It invites His will. It frees Him to work in the situation. Prayer says, Lord, you are free to work in my life and in this situation. Have at it!
A.W.Tozer said, “What the praying person does is to bring his will into line with the will of God so God can do what He has all along been willing to do.”
God is a perfect gentleman who does not push Himself or His will on us. He moves in accordance with our willingness to allow Him. He is pleased when we come to Him, our Heavenly Daddy, to seek Him, His wisdom and His will.
How do you feel when a child comes to you, trusting you? How do you feel when they get to be teenagers and are too stubborn and think they know more than you? Or like toddlers who want to “do it myself.”
We can be this way with God. We want to be in control. Thy will be done is contrary to our My will be done nature.
Have you heard the story of the rebellious child who was made to sit in the corner and told his mother he was still standing up on the inside? Ever felt like that? Though our heads are bowed, hands folded, we’re really asking for our will to be done, not His.
What if your prayer gets answered exactly the way you prayed it? What if God gives you your will?
I’m so glad the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27 ESV
Why would we not want to put all of our life in the Hands of the One who knows our end from our beginning and everything in between? (Psalm 139:16)
Yield: to submit, surrender, relinquish control, allow to manage
Prayer proves our faith and our humility. If we have faith and believe God will answer, we will humbly pray and keep praying and not give up.
None of us like that the answers sometimes take a long time, but God has proven to me over and over, as the Romans verse indicates, that all the while I’m praying, He is at work in my situations. God is working and weaving things we have no idea about.
In Beth Moore’s Daniel Bible Study, she suggests we have no idea what unseen activity surrounds us. She imagines Christ saying to us one day, “Take a look at this scene with me, Child. I want you to see what was going on in the heavens when you were going through that crisis. Look at all that happened in your behalf.”
In reality, we are in a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Some battles are bigger and take more time. They cause us to have to fight harder and longer in prayer.
Although God’s power is always available, when we cease to pray for any period of time, we interrupt the flow of His power working in the situations we face. Furthermore, we give the enemy a foothold. When we pray, we are calling on the Commander of Heaven’s Armies to have His warriors fight for us according to His perfect knowledge and will (Psalm 84:8). (I’ll discuss this further in a later blog.)
To yield to God’s Will is to Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness (His “will”) – and then it says – all these things will be added (Matthew 6:33).
Is there something in your life you’re holding back from allowing God to manage, which would flourish in His Hands?
Is there something for which you are weary of praying? (Keep going! Your answer may be almost there!)
Is there something you have given up praying for? Why not start again right now?
God just answered a huge prayer I’ve been praying for a few years. I’ve prayed for many things that took years, including my son’s 13-year drug addiction (he’s now a pastor!). Sometimes we have situations only God can work out. Only God can move in circumstances like pieces on a chess board. When we can do nothing, God can do all things. And only He can work in someone’s heart where we have no access. And He wants and wills to.
So keep praying!
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV
This blog is a sample of a six-week Bible study I have been writing called Pursuing God in P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Six Steps to Prevailing Prayer. I would love to share the first week with you free and keep you posted of publication. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the code FREE1st.
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