Prayer is an essential part of every Kingdom Warriors life. Prayer deepens our connection with our father in heaven. Through prayer we discern His guidance and commit to following His ways. Through prayer we receive the goodness of God into our lives. So it is really important that we know how to pray and what to expect from God when we pray. This post is the first in a 3 part series that will guide you on the journey to becoming a prayer warrior.
To become a prayer warrior we must first know who we are speaking to when we prayer. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he instructed them to pray to “our father in heaven”. How jaw-droppingly amazing! In prayer we speak directly to God! The centre of all creation, the fount of all knowledge and wisdom, God turns His ear to listen to our prayers.
What is even more astounding is that we have an intimately close relationship status. In calling God our father we are claiming our place as His children. We are not talking to a stranger, we are a part of the family. It is in this relationship between father and child that we are to shape our expectations in prayer.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Jesus tells us that we should have an expectation that our Heavenly Father is good. We do not have a father who is far off who neglects His children. We have a father who knows and cherishes His children. A father who knows how to give gifts that are good. A father who wants to deliver those good gifts to His children. A father who wants us to ask of Him in prayer that He may deliver on His word.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
The story of blind Bartimaeus is but one account of the many astounding acts of Jesus in the gospels. What I love about the passage is Jesus’ question “what do you want me to do for you?” Jesus stopped everything to listen to Bartimaeus. He encouraged Bartimaeus to ask the question, to ask for his desire and the yearning of his heart. Let’s be honest, Bartimaeus asked for the impossible! He asked to recover his sight. Who on earth could deliver on such a request? None other than Jesus. Not even batting an eyelid at the request, Jesus pours out the good gifts of the father in heaven and restores his sight.
Through the story of blind Bartimaeus we are also encouraged to ask God for the impossible. To ask for the deep desires of our heart. To ask for our situation to be changed in ways that we cannot do ourselves. To rely on our Heavenly Father to hear and answer with goodness and grace. Just like blind Bartimaeus we are to ask God with a confident expectation that He is more than capable of delivering on our prayer requests.
Prayer warriors pray with a threefold expectation. An expectation that our prayers are heard by a loving father, an expectation that the father wants to be a presence for good in our lives, and an expectation that God is undeniably capable of delivering on any request we may bring to Him. Every Kingdom Warrior must know that these expectations of the prayer warrior are founded in the heartfelt knowledge that God is our good father.
Continuing on the journey to becoming a prayer warrior, part 2 will take a closer look at how God our father is good. Subscribe to Kingdom Warriors to receive the next article direct to your inbox, or come back next week to continue reading this series on becoming a prayer warrior.