Isaac entreated the Lord on behalf of his wife, since she was sterile. The Lord heard his entreaty, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. Genesis 25:21
When you visit the doctors office, usually the doctor will say. How can I help you? When you stand in front of a judge, and are asked to give an account for something, you have to speak up and defend your case. If you say nothing, that’s exactly what will happen – nothing.
God knows what we want or need before we ever speak a single syllable. (Matthew 6:8) So why do we need to ask? When we ask, it puts us in a place of faith.
This is not to say that every time we cries out to God He is going to give us what we want; that could be disastrous. God knows exactly what is best for our situation.
Sometimes God will give us what we want to show us that it isn’t what we were expecting or needing, to teach us a lesson, and help us move on trusting Him from there on out.
Sometimes the answer is plain no, because what we want is dangerous and will hinder us rather than help us.
Yet sometimes the answer is yes! God cares for what we want and what we need, he will always consider both. There is nothing God loves more than to provide for us.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11
When you think of the word “petition,” it makes you think of going around getting signatures, creating signs and shouting in the streets, or like a lawyer gathering all of the facts and presenting it to a court. The pharisees were famous for petitioning the Lord in the streets, to appear righteous; however, they were not seeking God from a sincere place. We do not need long drawn out prayers, or flares to get Gods attention. He can hear even the faintest whisper from our hearts.
We do not need to beg God, but God loves persistence, it simply means that we KNOW God can do something. Sometimes it’s a timing thing. We must learn patience when waiting. God will open the door or close it, in His time. (Revelation 3:8)
I created a journal a while back and wrote down all of the prayers I ever prayed and decided to check them off as they were answered. It got buried between piles of paper and it wasn’t until years later I pulled it out, and realized that God has answered EVERY single one. Even some prayers that weren’t written down but uttered in prayer were answered. There are some things I’ve requested from God and the answer was no, but I was always able to see WHY in the end.
Petitioning is not always necessary, But if we search the scriptures and line it up with Gods will we can say, “God it says in your word that you have promised me this, do not hold back on your promises. “ When you speak the word (God’s promises), a covenant between you and God, it pleases the heart of God. Write them down and meditate on them even. It’s all too easy to forget the promises of God, and let the devil come in and say…this is not possible. But we know all things are possible to God, and God is faithful.
Some Christians send out what is known as a “fleece prayer.” Gideon lay out a fleece (wool blanket) before the Lord, and asked for a sign. The Lord did answer Gideon; however, it is faith that pleases the Lord. (John 20:29) Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) There’s nothing wrong with asking for a sign; however, if you continuously have to ask, then you are not necessarily exercising faith.
“So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said—look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, r“Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.” Judges 6:36-40
In Luke Jesus taught that it was an evil generation that sought out signs. Jesus had already given them so many signs; however, they were still faithless even though it was in front of their eyes. Israel was still seeking a Messiah, but rejected Him. No sign was given but that of Jonah the prophet. Jonah was willing to give his life to save the people from the wrath of God he brought in their midst, because of his own sin. The time he spent swallowed up in a whale symbolized true repentance, and he caused many to repent going forward. This was a foreshadow to Jesus giving His life for our sins and causing true repentance.
For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. Luke 11:30
When you ask make sure that you are asking in Jesus name. It is only because of Jesus atoning sacrifice that we have access to God, so it is always necessary to ask in His name.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13
Isaac entreated the Lord , on behalf of Rebekah, and the Lord answered. Sometimes when we make our case known to our fellow believers, they will go to prayer for us, and God responds to that as well. What is it that are you praying for today? Present your case to God, and wait expectantly for miracles to ensue. If you seek God first in everything you do, He will fill in the rest of the blanks.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33