“Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us—He calls us children of God! It’s true; we are His beloved children.” 1 John 3:1a (The Voice)

So many of our prayers actually miss the mark! When we pray, we are not coming before the Throne of Grace as beggars, or even as whinners! We come as children who have been lavished with love by our Father! When we come in Jesus name, as children of royalty, the Father sees our request through the face of Jesus. We are not praying in our own name, or because of our good deeds, we pray by faith in Jesus name! We are not praying according to our emotions, as our Father will not be manipulated. We come praying for the will of God. And the best way to do that is by praying His word!

Faith is the economy of heaven! Without faith it is impossible to please God, and without praying in faith the effectiveness of our prayers are greatly reduced! How we feel is completely irrelevant. Saying “I’m tired of this” or “I’m done with this” is completely useless. Pray the word, not what you feel. Our Father is not like our earthly fathers. He will not be controlled by our emotions. Nevertheless, our faith moves more than mountains, it moves heaven!

God releases His power according to our faith, not based on our feelings or emotions or even our needs. Our feelings and needs move God’s compassion, and He will comfort us. But our emotions don’t release God’s power. It is our faith that releases His power and the answers to our prayers!

Saying “please” to God is ineffective! Begging God doesn’t move Him to respond. But the prayer of faith will move mountains and God!

So, as you approach God, remember you are His child! Draw near to Him with that in mind. Ask for what’s on your heart, but remember to surrender it to His will being done. Ask Him to release a greater measure of faith to pray more effectively. Ask Him how to use His Word to tap into His heart and release His power!

Remember, Heaven responds to faith. It releases God’s power.

Today choose some people you know who are not yet saved and by faith pray for them. God will never override a person’s will, so when we pray for their salvation we must use the Word (which is God’s will). God is not moved by how such a person would be so helpful for the Kingdom of God! But He is moved when you remind Him that He desires all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9). Ask Him to bring people who shine as the light of the world into their life. Ask Him to remove the veil that keeps them from seeing the glorious gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). Remind Him that He loves them so much that He sent His Son to die for them (John 3:16). Thank Him for answering your prayers of faith!