Are there times when you feel too unworthy to pray? I acknowledge there are many times when I struggle in my prayers thinking I’m too unworthy to be asking God to hear me.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Rom 8:32-33
I can’t recall a single verse for unanswered prayer.
I do remember …
- If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matt 21:22
- And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. James 5:15
- The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16
- Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17
Oswald Chamber in My Utmost For His Highest wrote—Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong is based on our own mental conception of it. The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And we are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in prefect oneness with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint.
There are many things that we allow to capture our time and attention. People are dying, starving, and hating each other. Our world is in a mess, yet we don’t need to wring our hands and we don’t have to worry, we do have to have faith and we have to trust God in all things. We have the avenue of prayer, we have a God who will hear us and answer us if we have faith and if we ask.
Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’ — no shuffling or shilly-shallying — and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. Mark 11:22-25 (from THE MESSAGE)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Heb 4:16
God’s response to our prayers is based upon his love and grace, not on our worth. Our confidence in prayer doesn’t come from who we are but from who He is. (Henry T. Blackaby)