Recently, my daughter complained about her eyes; I guess it was after a bathe experience. As I would normally do, I laid my hands on the eyes to pray. While praying I said; “Father, let this hand not pain my daughter again in Jesus name”. My daughter interrupted the prayer; “No, Daddy. It’s not my hand, it’s my eyes”. Her interruption taught me a lesson.

Friend, what’s your understanding and attitude about prayer? Do you see it as a mere religious exercise or something powerful enough to bring results in your life? Do you just mutter words without actually meaning it or knowing what you are praying about? Like my daughter, are you specific in prayers? Do you really know what you want?

“…What things soever you desire, when you pray…” (Mark 11:24). Prayer begins when desire is established. Most prayers are not answered because they are not wrapped in strong desire. Desires are powerful. Desires in prayers are what get the attention of God, not just the gymnastics. Desires speak to the state of your heart while praying. You can be praying with your lips but your heart is saying otherwise.

“…the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed” (1 Samuel 2:3). God hears what is in our heart more than what is on our lips; our heart speaks louder than our mouth. The goal of prayer is to be able to align our heart with our mouth. You cannot pray effectively when your heart is not involved (1 Samuel 16:7, Jeremiah 30:21).

Prayer is a heart engagement. Until you get your heart to align with your mouth, you have not started praying (Jeremiah 30:21). Like Hannah, God wants you to pour your heart to Him (1 Samuel 1:15, Psalms 62:8). He wants you to be intentional about what you are asking.
You can pray with your heart without your mouth and still get result but you cannot get result when you pray with your mouth without your heart.

Any prayer that does not move you does not stand much chance in moving God, not to talk of the devil or your circumstances (Luke 18:5-8). There is a posture you take in prayers that makes God know that you are dead serious about what you are asking. Knowing what you want in prayers helps you to recognize the answer when it shows up. What are your prayer points today? Are they product of a strong desire or mere wishes?

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria