There is a side of prayer, or should we say a different view of prayer, that is not known of, let alone embraced, by modern Christianity. While we, today, struggle with whether God will hear and answer our prayers, the fact is He hears and is working out the answer while we speak and even before we, ourselves, know what to ask. It’s not so much that we think of something we need or want and we begin the process of asking God; rather God already knows what we need and further, holds a storehouse of blessings, already prepared for us. All we do in prayer is open the door and allow Him access to provide His plan and power to meet those needs.

“Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

This vision, of course, is not for the casual believer, that is one who only comes to the Lord in times of crisis, but for those who maintain an ongoing intimate relationship with Him and possess the faith in our Lord that His answer is sure. Our loving God has many good gifts for His children, He longs to provide them to us if we will just put our confidence in Him. He is no different than those of us who love to give good gifts to our earthly children and watch as they happily play with their toys.

“Behold I stand at the door and knock, If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will answer, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20).

To pray is nothing more than to submit to the Lord and open the door that will allow Him to work and perform what He so longs to do. And in this not only do we reap the benefit of answered prayer but we also gain the peace, rest and joy of knowing that we are in the hollow of His hand and ‘all things will work together for good’. But most important of all, the Lord will be glorified, through us, as we invite Him in and allow Him to work in our lives as a witness to the world.

Faith finds in Christ what e’er we need,
To save and strengthen, guide and feed;
Strong in His grace it joys to share
His cross, in hope…His crown to wear . . . (Faith is a Living Power from Heaven)