I start with a disclaimer that this post has nothing to do with prayers to find love, but it has everything to do with the heart that prayers should be made. A heart of love towards God. Love comes from a place of familiarity, we are drawn to things we understand and often associate with. I can honestly say that our prayers reflect our relationship with God; how close I am to God is seen in my prayers. Sometimes the price of love is pain, but despite whatever amount of pain, we always hope for the best. This is my last post on prayers based on the story of three women. I have found basic concepts that have changed my prayer life and I hope they will have an even bigger impact on your lives.
In scripture, I have found women, both in the New and Old Testaments, who understood God’s love for them and understood the meaning of genuine relationships. On one side, there was Hannah who was childless for the longest time and it really hurt her especially with the diminishing self-worth in her marriage. On the other side, we had Mary and Martha who had just lost their brother Lazarus and were described to be in deep pain when they met Jesus. These two stories seem to be worlds apart at a glance, Old Testament and New Testament, having a child and the death of a loved one, yet the common trend in the women brings out prayers after God’s heart. So what do these women have in common?
- Genuine Love
Despite her pain of being childless for a long time, Hannah pre-surrenders the results, why? She has been walking with God for a while and so she is genuinely in love with God. It is this love that makes her give of her son even before he comes. The prayer was not to a God she did not know but to a God who she knew so intimately that she could trust Him with her son.
1st Samuel 1:10-11 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.
The three siblings, Mary, Martha and Lazarus were close friends of Jesus Christ. They all spent intimate times with Jesus Christ and so when they were making these petitions to Him, they came from a place of genuine love. Lazarus invited Jesus to parties, Mary washed the feet of Jesus with oil using her own hair and Martha is remembered for being concerned that Jesus was well taken care of when He visited them. Their love was in spending time with Jesus Christ.
John 11:1-3 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him saying, “Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.”
John 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
In both scenarios the women knew God before their needs came to being. We need to form that relationship with our Father before the needs come, it is from this point that our prayers go for His heart rather than His hand. We cannot follow His heart unless we are close enough to know it.
When we view our situations in light of God and seek to know His heart (will) concerning them rather than pursuing His hand based on our wisdom, He will use the same situations for His glory. He is the all-powerful God, He holds the world in His hands, He can make good of anything.
John 11:41b-45 And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” Then many who had come to Mary, and seen the things that Jesus did, believed in Him.
Be a wise cupid, aim at His heart!