One statement that always gets under my skin is, “What will be, will be.” I want to respond, “No! We can pray it into existence, and/or  pray it away.” I wonder when we tack onto our prayers, “If it be God’s will” that this is an “out clause” in case God does not answer our prayer, or veiled doubt that we’re not sure God can or will.

Jesus tells us in Mark 11:24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” This does not mean God is our servant, obliged to do whatever we ask of Him. Jesus’ words are a challenge to activate faith in God.

We have a new identity as His children and the spirit  of Jesus dwells within us. We have been given kingdom authority. Matthew 18:18 says “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.” The term “bind” has a legal connotation: to place a contract on something. Our prayers place a contract in the spiritual realm. We don’t know how or when God answers our prayer, but anytime we say a prayer with God’s will in mind, He promises to put our faith into motion. To clarify, the purpose of prayer is not to get what you want, but to discern and implement what God wants. This is exciting because we know the nature of God is to extend grace and show kindness to humanity.

Luke 18 begins with an explanation, “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” The Greek word for prayer here means to exchange one’s ideas for God’s ideas. This means we never give up letting God change our mind, and giving us His vision for our life.

A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into your minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…A low view of God is the cause of a hundred lesser evils, and a high view of God is the solution to then thousand problems.” When you pray, what images come to mind? Is it a picture of Jesus with a lamb draped around His shoulders or is Jesus on the cross? The fact is we do not pray to a God who is hanging on a cross, but to a Jesus who rose from the dead and is alive to orchestrate the kingdom of God through us. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, the One who has all authority in heaven and on earth. So, when you belong to Jesus, His authority is yours! Let’s pray it into existence.

Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis