Matthew 21:22 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Prayer is one of the major areas of our Christian life. Without it we will become stagnant and cold on God. I pray this will help someone. I think we all have a problem or lack in this area of believing God for the things we pray for. We have the mindset that He will do it for someone else but not for us. I can say this because this has been true in my own life. And I still battle it occasionally.
Acts 12:5 "Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him."
Unfortunately...today's average church is a prayerless church. Peter was in prison and the Christians were earnestly seeking God on Peter's behalf. They were asking God to somehow release him from prison. Being freed from jail...Peter went to the house where the church was gathered. As he knocked on the door...a young lady by the name of Rhoda answered...and when she saw Peter she couldn't believe it. She was so excited that she forgot to let him in. She ran back into the house to tell the others that Peter was released...and the people looked at her like she was crazy. Acts 12:15 "And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel."
That's how many of us pray isn't it? We have loved ones who need Christ...we have miracles we need God to perform...we see the liberal state of our country...and we pray...but we don't really believe God will answer. Instead of standing around discussing what can't be done...where are the Christians who will diligently come to the throne of God's heavenly grace and ask Him for His help?
How many of us are praying for something and if it were to happen we would be like this church and not believe it when it did? And before you think you are so spiritual as to think that wouldn't happen to you...it happened to me when my sister called and said she had gotten saved. I didn't believe her when she told me. I had been praying for 10 years and when she told me I questioned her for 30 minutes to see if she did. I didn't believe what I had been praying for had really happened.
We need to just pray and believe that God will do what we are praying for. He promises it to us in His Word!!