“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11 ESV
Today when people ask for prayers on social media so many people respond with “sending prayers and good thoughts your way” or “one like equals an amen, or a prayer”. These responses are not true prayer. To pray is to speak to God and bring your request to him. He wants direct communication from his children as any good father would. Jesus taught about the importance of prayer more than once, he taught that God responds to those that come to him in prayer.
Today we have gotten lazy in our communication, we want to take shortcuts whenever possible. Many don’t even understand what a prayer is, and where it is to be sent. Its obvious in the statements people make. Imagine it from God’s perspective. He’s wanting to hear from his children, and give them what they need. But his children don’t truly communicate with him as they should. He wants real communication.
Think of the responses I shared above. First, “sending prayers and good thoughts your way”. This response to a prayer request is telling the person I am praying to you, and sending my good thoughts to you. That may not be what they mean in their statement, but it is what they are saying. All prayers are to be sent to God for His response, nowhere else. Good thoughts, like good intentions are of no effect. They are not an action. We need to respect the the request for prayer by going to God in prayer for the one that has asked for it. Second, “one like equals an amen, or a prayer”. No, one click on the screen does not equal an amen, or a prayer for someone. Again, this is not communicating with God. Its a shortcut response to a message from an individual. True communication requires more effort than that.
We need to start talking to God again. When we do, we can expect him to respond to our requests. We can expect to see people healed, comforted, and strengthened. As Jesus said; “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” We must ask Him!
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman