So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. - Hebrews 11:6
One of the things that discourages some from praying is the fear that they won’t do it right. For example, it says in Hebrews 11:6 that whoever comes to God must believe. But what if I feel I don’t believe enough? How do I measure my faith, or how does God measure it? Do I have to do it right in order to get my prayers answered?
If you buy a cake mix and then ignore the instructions on the box, you can’t blame the manufacturer if the cake flops! It’s a little the same with prayer. We need to read the instructions:
- We must come in faith, believing that there is a God who will hear us and reward us (Hebrews 11:6).
- We must willingly let God examine our heart (Psalm 139:23-24), confess our sins (1 John 1:9), and then repent (Acts 3:19).
- We can pray even if we feel that our faith is small (Matthew 17:20).
- We must consider if there are any of our relationships that need mending. Then we need to go and try to make them right (Matthew 5:23-24).
- We must come to prayer by asking in Jesus’ name and for his sake.
- We can ask ourselves, “Will the answer to this prayer glorify Jesus and extend the work of the kingdom?” (John 14:13).
For Further Study: Hebrews 11:1-12
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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