I heard a catchy phrase in a song today about prayer, “When God’s people pray …. we take the pains of earth to the doors of heaven.” As with many songs today, they sound good on the surface, but they do not line up with God’s Word. That kind of talk is sure to get a tear or a hearty “amen” in most any church services, but will it get your prayer answered?
I don’t want to present myself as one that never “tells God all about my problems,” but I have to be honest, most times at best the crying usually just makes me feel better, and does nothing to the problem. Now you know, if I made a song like, “Don’t tell God about your problem, but tell him about the solution” it probably wouldn’t make the top 10!Notice the cycle in the flow of God’s Word that goes out of His mouth and flows like the rain or snow from heaven; neither the Word nor the rain returns to heaven until it accomplishes something!
For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55: 10, 11
I want you to pay close to, “Return unto Me void.” There is no shortage on God’s Word neither is it out of reach, for He said, “The Word is nigh thee!” The question is what are you returning to God? The pains of earth? A list of problems? Complaints? The scripture didn’t say that taking God news of the pains of earth would accomplish anything, but it did say that returning God’s Word would accomplish exactly what GOD SENT it to do! That doesn’t mean, however, that it will always accomplish what you want it to do, but it will accomplish what God pleases and the purpose for which God sent it! The good new is that God sent His word to heal and deliver them of their destruction, (Psalms 107:20) and Jesus Christ (The Word) is the same yesterday, today, and forever! (Heb. 13:8) God is no respecter of persons; what He did it for one, he will do it for all that meet the conditions of His Word!
If you want to complete the cycle and get results when you pray, tell God what His Word says! Isaiah 43:26 says, “Put me in remembrance.” Don’t let the Word just wash right past you and go into the ditch, but let it soak into you heart and cause faith to bud and grow. After faith arises in your heart, then out of the abundance of the heart your mouth shall return God’s Word back to Him in prayer, accomplishing what He purposed and sent it to do!