Prayer – Opening Your Heart
And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:35-36 ESV
Does God always answer our prayers? Yes, but sometimes His answer is “No.” Even Jesus, the Son of God, was told “no” by His Father when He asked not to be crucified (Luke 22:41-44)! God always listens, He always answers, but there are times when His better way is that we don’t receive what we request.
God listens to our hearts not our words when we pray. Prayer is sharing our heart, our thoughts, and our feelings with our Father in heaven. Prayer is being real, open, and transparent in our communication with God. As we talk with God, we can tell Him how we really feel. He can take it! We can ask Him for big things – impossible things. He’s not overwhelmed or stressed out by our great requests. He can handle whatever we bring up.
- What promises does God make in the following passages to those who pray? — John 14:12-14; 1 John 5:14-15
- In the following verses, what conditions are mentioned for answered prayer? — Matthew 6:5-15; James 4:3
Questions to ponder: Why do you think God takes a long time to answer some prayers?
Passages for further study: Mark 11:22-24; Luke 18:1-8