We need to be very careful of what we pray for. We need to be very serious about what it is we pray for. And we need to be very serious about whom it is we pray to. For God takes us seriously and he takes our prayers seriously.
There comes a time when God will test us on a individual basis and on a congregational basis as to what it is we have been praying for. If we pray that God will help us to evangelise, do we go and evangelise? If we pray that God will open the door for us as individuals or a congregation to minister to our community, do we grasp and even see the opportunity when it is given to us?
We need to be careful of what we pray for, because there will come a time when God will place the opportunity for what we have been praying for to come to pass. Think carefully about what it is you pray for. Pastors and church leaders, think carefully about what it is you pray and ask the congregation to pray for, and what your response will be when the opportunity for the answer to those prayers are presented in many varied forms, often different to the ways in which we expected when we prayed.
God is serious about us. Deadly serious. You can’t get any more serious then facing the agony of the cross. For God so loved the world, he gave his only son, so who ever believes in him, shall not perish, but have eternal life. God was and is totally committed to us and therefore we should never treat lightly the prayers we pray as individuals and as congregations. Instead, we need to consider deeply the prayers we pray, because there is an expectation from God, that when he answers those prayers, that we run with that answer., and if we don’t, we have to stop praying those prayers, or our Lord is dishonoured.