Proverbs 22:12 (NKJV)
The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless.

As a new believer, Mimi always left the place of prayer feeling very frustrated, as though there was a ceiling preventing her prayers from reaching God. But when she began to build herself up in faith by studying and meditating on God’s Word, her resolve in the place of prayer was strengthened and in a short while, she started seeing great results.

One of the surest ways of praying through is praying using God’s word. It says in Hosea 14 verse 2 (NASB): Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, that we may present the fruit of our lips”. It means we must always take God’s word to Him in prayer.

From our scriptural text, lack of knowledge or a deceitful and misinformed use of God’s Word is what leads to the frustration of voided prayers. God wants us to have all that He has already provided for us by grace through Christ. He looks to see if we’re searching with all our hearts to receive them by faith when we pray (See Jer 29:12-13). It is only by faith that we receive that which grace has made available, and faith comes through the word (Rom 10:17).

Prayer is like a fire that grows. For it to keep burning and consume prayer requests, it needs a constant supply of wood which is the Word. If the wood is small, the fire dies easily (See Lev 6:12-13).

Delve into God’s Word today, and as you pray in accordance with His will, you’ll experience the joy of answered prayers (1Jn 5:14-15).

-Chibo E.C.
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