What is more important than prayer?



Question: “What can be more important to God  than the prayers of His saints?”



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This article addresses the importance of prayer and the heart condition of the one praying, and not the importance of praise and worship which are of great importance.


The Lord said, I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none" (Ezekiel 22:30).


Ezekiel says God sought for a man. God searched this entire planet. What was He searching for? 


A person who did good deeds?


A person who prayed with special words?


A person who prayed with special technics?


A person who had discovered a special way to present his prayers?


No;


God is more interested in the heart of a man than in the words a man prays.  I am not saying that God is not interested in prayer or the words or the sincerity of the words, but that He is more interested in the heart and relationship of the man. That prayer taught by a teacher or in a book just isn’t enough. God needed a man with a right heart who has become a righteous tool in the hand of the Holy Spirit.


The "pray...er" is more important than the prayer!


Methods are important, but, the "messenger" of the prayer is more important than the way the prayer is presented! Man is always trying to discover the methods, the words, the trick to make God answer our prayers. But, God is far more interested in who we are in Him, than how or what we pray.


We try imitating what others have successfully done believing that the same approach will work for us, and then wonder why it didn't work for us. The seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-16) tried to imitate Paul's method to cast a demon out, by saying, In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out. The demon answered, Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?

The demonized man then leaped on the seven brothers and beat them severely.  These brothers prayed the right prayer in the name of Jesus, but they where not the right pray...ers. It's not so much what or how you pray, but who you are and who you know. It's all about a relationship with Jesus.


But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrew. 11:6).


Part of a relationship is coming to God with faith. Notice that God rewards those "who diligently seek Him." It is the "diligently seeking" of Him that differentiates a person who is only seeking an answer and a pray...er who comes to God because he loves God with his full heart, desires to please Him and be in His presence. Can you see that the condition of a person’s heart and desire is more important than what the person prays?


The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).


King David was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22). But, he wasn't born that way. David’s powerful prayers recorded in the Bible only occurred after David had spend years developing a relationship with God.


Maybe a few of your prayers are not being answered because you haven’t built a relationship with God. Maybe you are seeking answers from God rather than seeking God.


You may not have received answers to your prayers as quickly as you would like, but keep praying, praying is very important. Be encouraged and patient, like King David, you are being transformed into a powerful pray...er as you keep seeking God.



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