The mind must be well-trained for anyone who aspires to go beyond the surface.
It is this great reformer, the father of the Reformation, who edifies and/or elevates our mind in this session On Prayer. He notes that in order for prayer to be really right and heard, five elements or requisites are required.
The Promise of God to Man – We have a promise from God or his permission to speak to Him. This is something we should remember and remind Him of before we pray. Which in turn encourages us to pray in a calm and confident manner.
Faith in God’s Promise – It is necessary that we never doubt the pledge and promise of God, He who is true and faithful. God commands us to pray, to this end, why would He command us to pray if He is not listening to our prayers. This thought must and should give us confidence that we will be heard. Never doubt the promise of God to hear.
Faith that our Prayer will be Heard – Martin Luther states that “he who doubts that he will be heard commits a double sin.” If one prays doubting that God hears him, truly he is only offering his prayers as an act with no meaning. James says, “whoever will ask of God let him ask in faith, nothing doubting, for he that doubteth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think that he will receive anything of The Lord.”(James 1: 6-7) The heart of this man is not stable, so God can give nothing; however, FAITH keeps the heart calm and stable making it receptive for Divine gifts.
A Sense of Our Unworthiness – Our prayers must not be founded nor rest upon ourselves or our own merits but upon the unshakable truth of the Divine Promise. “If you do not pray until you know and experience that you are fit, then you will NEVER need to pray. The very reasons we pray are because we know we are not worthy, in anything. Therefore, we MUST rely on He who knows!
Do Not Limit God in Any Manner – The Apostle Paul states that God does exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. (Eph 3: 20)
With this, God’s ability is proved – you do remember if we ask according to His Will He hears us then we have the petitions that we desire of Him. (1JN 5: 14, 15) With this confidence we go in prayer, and we are confident in our prayers so there is no need to limit God and specify the day or place, neither designate the way or measure of the prayer’s fulfillment, but leave all to His own Will, Wisdom and Almighty Power.
May The Lord Bless You on This Day!