Prayer and the Process

Pastor Steve TaylorFasting 2016

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” –1 Kings 18:43–44 NLT
“How do I know God is going to answer my prayers?” This is a common question many people have as they seek a confident prayer life. However, it’s important to recognize that prayer is not just about the answer; it’s also about glorifying God in the process of waiting for the answer.
The glory of God must be the aim…soul…life…of our prayers.
It is our responsibility to check our motives and believe God hears us. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. – Isaiah 59:2
You do not have because you do not ask God.  – James 4:2     When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives. – James 4:3
God does not want merely to answer our prayers; He wants to spend time with us to prepare us for the answer that will come. Many times we want to skip over the process involved in engaging God in prayer as we wait for our answer. But it is this very process that works maturity in us and prepares us for the answers our prayers bring (James 1:4).
The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came.… Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory. —R. A. Torrey
Bible Reading: Psalm 66
Prayer Focus: What prayers of yours are still awaiting an answer? Throughout this fast, thank God for His process at work in you…and trust Him.