“Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them!” (Mk 11:24)
This is my testimony: I remember once, I had a serious chest pain. Because I am Christian. you may take it for granted that I pray always. But at that instance, I was deceived! I thought that I prayed, but I did not!!! I was only complaining about the pain. Like Elijah, I was using complaining as a form of ‘prayer’. That was wrong! Complain is not prayer!!!! Talking to God in the name of Jesus, that is prayer!!! I forgot that in all situations, God is my first ‘option’. In fact, my only ‘option’!!! The pain continued and I was surprised that God is not hearing me. I was saying ‘Why, God, why?” Once I saw the deception, rejected the devil and I truly prayed, the pain stopped and ‘there was a great calm’. What a difference!
What is the lesson? Ignoring to pray is a very common mistake. When pastors, friends and doctors fail, after suffering for a long time, finally, we remember God. He is patiently waiting for us to pray. Once you pray trusting the Lord Jesus Christ, with faith 100% and Doubt 0%, God answers the prayer immediately! God does not waste our time! It is only we that waste our own time! It is a pity that even after this, I repeated the same mistake. Sometimes I assumed that I prayed…But I did not! The devil deceived me not to pray anymore saying to me: ‘you have prayed already, why disturb the Master?’ It was very much like the way Jairus’ family members discouraged him to trust Jesus for a miracle. “While Jesus was speaking, someone came from Jairus’ home and said, “Your daughter has died! Why bother the teacher anymore?” (Lk 8:49). Jesus told Jairus, ‘fear not, just believe!’ To my shame, if it is not for the grace of God, I could have accepted the death of my dreams as they were lying in bed, helpless and fainting for lack of prayers… Thank God that He has overruled my mistakes so many times, I cannot count them…. In all things, we give thanks… But one good thing coming from our past pains and mistakes is that today, we can exchange testimonies of the grace and the goodness of God! I am waiting for you to share with me prayer testimonies. Let’s worship the Lord Jesus together!