Encouragements to Pray
There can be no greater encouragement to pray — than to know that God answers prayer. “Ask, and it shall be given you.” This is as true as the throne of God. “Seek — and you shall find.” This is the road that leads to all we need. “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” The great storehouse of blessings and every good, will open to your knock.
“I will be your God.” Think of this promise for a moment. The God of Heaven, Creator of all — is your God! He will hear you when you pray. He will give you all things you need — and give them to you freely. He loves his children with an enduring love. He is a Father to them. He cares for them.
The Bible abounds in promises that are encouragements to prayer. “Whatever we ask — we receive of him.” 1 John 3:22. These words stand true forever. They are true now as you read them. This promise, like all the rest of God’s exceeding great and precious promises, is conditional. We receive what we ask for — if we keep God’s commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight. All must be submitted to the will of God.
Some get the idea that all things work according to established laws in nature and that, consequently, what is to be, will be — as if God had made this world, set it in order, and then gone into far away depths creating and peopling other worlds, and never once thinking of this one. I am very happy to know that God is still mindful of this little world of ours.
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you — you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7. This promise has never failed. You may think you have asked and have not received — yet you have never asked according to this promise — but you have been answered according to it. Our abiding in him, and his words abiding in us — implies a harmony of our mind with the divine mind.
God is a Father to all who love him, and as certainly as the sun rises — he hears them when they pray. Do believe him. Never regard the feeling, the emotions; stagger not at the promise of God through unbelief. You can be strong; you can triumph; you can rise and live above the clouds on the wings of believing prayer. Your prayer has gone up to the throne of God, where it is kept in memorial, and some time, some where — it will be answered. Be encouraged and pray on, believing. You will find an answer. Be childlike, and God will lead you safely. Do not fear to trust him. Look above the circumstances surrounding, and see the promise and believe it. It will never, never, NEVER fail.