Friends, prayer expresses our faith—our prayers will reveal what we believe about the character and purposes of God.
As we read the Bible we see how prayer is our response to the revealed will of God; to the God who speaks by his word; to the God whose plan is centred and fulfilled in Jesus. So we could picture prayer in the following way:
In 2 Samuel 7 we see this prayer link at work. In vs.12-14 God is revealing his covenant promises to King David. In response to God David prays (vs.18-29) and in v.25f says:
“And now, Lord God, keep for ever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great for ever …”
Though David is confident in his prayer he still asks for God’s will to be done since he knows he doesn’t deserve the good God has promised.
We live on the other side of the cross and so have seen God’s great revelation in Christ. Thus our confidence in prayer is assured because Christ died for our sin, bringing us to God. Hebrews 4:16 declares:
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
So do our prayers indicate true faith in God and Jesus our Lord??