Visualize a package filled with your worries. Now imagine sending that package to a place that permanently takes your worries away. Deletes them forever. Swipes the hard drive clean.
Prayer is the vehicle that delivers your worry package to the throne of God. And once the package is delivered, it is yours no more. It can’t be returned.
What’s even better is the postage required for this package is free. You stamp your package with these words: “He will.” The prayer of faith ensures delivery every time.
Two postage marks can prevent the package from reaching its destination. One is “I hope so.” The other, “I think he can.” But when you send your package stamped in faith – “He will!” – it’s delivered every time. And God will faithfully answer your prayers according to his perfect will.
Sometimes our prayers aren’t answered immediately. But delay doesn’t mean denial. Delay means keep praying. Persevere in prayer.
Jesus teaches us to pray boldly and persistently: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
If you want a new way to pray, try 3-word prayers. I wrote a book about why these short, succinct prayers are packed with power. God isn’t concerned about the length of our prayers. Or their piety. He wants them to come from a desperate heart of faith.
Here are some examples that may reflect your heart’s needs today:
Give me peace. Heal my heart. Help my unbelief. Fear no more. Turn to you. Break my chains. Make me bold. Cast out fear. I surrender all. No turning back. Save my child.
And always make sure that you end your prayers with this exclamation point: Amen (Psalm 89:52). Amen means “so be it” - another 3-word prayer. When you punctuate your prayer with “Amen,” you boldly release it to the throne room. You deliver your package with the stamp of faith. It’s firmly saying, “God will,” not “God might.”
Ask. Seek. Knock.
Pray. Faith. Amen.