Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. John 16:24
Do you see the connection Jesus makes between joy and prayer? Have you considered God's law of the harvest? Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. We only reap when we sow. Do you want full joy? Pray.
Do you feel like you don't have time to pray? Do you rush in and out of prayer? How well do you prepare yourself before you pray? Do you ask God what's on His heart? Do you ask God to show you how to pray? Have you considered what you could do to better prepare yourself for prayer?
Consider these questions before you pray again.
To whom are you praying? Does it make a difference that you are praying to the creator of all things? How do we approach the Ruler of the universe?
Have you considered the consequences of your prayers? What will happen if God does give you what you request? Will it affect your relationship with Him? Will your relationship be strengthened or weakened?
What if He doesn't give you what you ask? Will you still trust in His sovereignty, His love, His goodness, His faithfulness? Will you still pray?I
If your prayers are answered, who will benefit the most? Will you or will God? How will your prayers bring Him glory? How will they best advance His kingdom? How will they accomplish His purposes?
Would it help to remind ourselves that God is in control? Do our prayers allow Him to be? Do we expect His answer to be the best for us, no matter what it brings? Do we remember that He does everything out of love for us? Do we believe that everything that happens is for our good? Are we trusting that He is with us all the time? Do we recognize that He is all-knowing and all-wise? Do be understand that He will provide the divine enabling for us to endure any difficulty that comes into our life? Do we limit His creativity by telling Him how things should be done? Can we patiently wait for Him to work in His time believing that He is always faithful?
And after we pray do we look for His answer? Do we consider what He is trying to teach us through the circumstances in our life? Do we give thanks and praise to Him? Do we fail to recognize and accept His answer when it comes? Do we trust in God alone and not in the things we get from Him?
Do we realize that God is not working to make us happy, but to make us holy? Do we see that it is as we become holy that we will have great joy?
What do our prayers reveal about our relationship with our heavenly Father? When we pray are we prepared for His answer? Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.