“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

Ole Hallesby writes that to pray is simply to let Jesus into our circumstances and invite Him to alleviate our distress. “To pray is to let Jesus glorify his name in the midst of our needs.” Hallesby emphasizes that our prayers’ effectiveness doesn’t depend on our powers. Fervent emotions, an intense will, or a clear understanding of what we are praying for are not the basis for prayers being heard and answered. In fact, we’re fortunate that none of these are required because they may well be in short supply. When we pray, we simply open the door to Jesus and lay all our needs before him, inviting him to use His power to deal with them in His own time and way. “He who gave us the privilege of prayer knows us very well,” Hallesby observes. “He knows our frame; he remembers that we are but dust. That is why He designed prayer in such a way that the most impotent can make use of it. For to pray is to open the door to Jesus, and that requires no strength. It is only a question of our wills.”

Hallesby urges us simply to give Jesus access to our needs. To pray, we look to the Savior, who stands and knocks. He knows our genuine needs far better than we do. Often it seems quite obvious to us what is desperately needed, but we need to invite Jesus in to do what He wills for us. Healing and comfort come as we submit our will to Him and His plans.

Adapted from The One Year Book of Encouragement