James 5:16 (AMP)
We hear it all the time, the old adage, “Prayer changes things,” but do we really believe this? And if so, why do many of us fail to use it on a daily basis?
Prayer is an intimate conversation with God. You can say whatever is on your mind, or resting on your heart. I feel the most satisfied when I cry out to God, instead of looking for the right words, including scriptures to line up with how I’m feeling or what I need at that moment. I cry out and afterwards, I feel that God has heard me, and I feel the heavy burden lifted from me. Of course, that condescending voice will whisper, “Why are you whining so much?” “That type of prayer will never be answered.” I know the words of this voice is a lie because David, the man after God’s own heart, most often prayed in this manner, and God listened and He heard and He answered. See (Psalms 143).
There is not always immediacy to our petitions, at least in the natural. As soon as we pray, our requests activate the spiritual realm to operate on our behalf according to God’s will. Evidence of this is found in (Daniel 10: 12-14). Daniel prayed, but his request or answer was being held up in the spiritual realm because the Angel sent on his behalf had to battle with evil forces in that sphere. Michael, another angel had to come and help him so that he could make it to Daniel. Not only that, the battle was not over, after the Angel told Daniel what he needed to hear, he had to return to the battle and assist Michael. What does this means? You have to consistently pray and our prayers will not always be answered as soon as we put forth the petition. There is a battle in the spiritual realm to bring destruction, death, depression, and hopelessness to the world’s people.
Make prayer a part of your daily routine. You do not have to always pray aloud and you can pray anywhere; while exercising, riding the elevator, using the bathroom, driving your car, or working at your desk. Anytime is a good time to pray.
If you want your prayers to be answered, you must understand that there is a battle taking place against every good thing that you want for your life, and you must be effective and fervent in your requests.