February 19th, 2018 — IGNITE

There's not too many weeks that go by that somebody doesn't call me, text me, message me, or email me, asking for prayer. Most times the request are for me to pray for them to get a job… a car… some guidance… strength to forgive… to see God's plan… or a host of other things. Now, these are specific request that I can pray for without having to ask for any details.

However, I've got to tell you, that sometimes, someone asks for prayer and I have no other recourse but to ask in return, "What is it you are asking me to pray for?" Sometimes I have to ask that question just because the request is so vague. Other times, I ask the question because I don't want to be praying against what you, yourself, are praying. You and I need to be praying the same thing.

I can't be praying for your marriage to be healed, when you're praying for God to show you a way out. Sorry, but that's a waste of my time. Nor can I pray for God to help you find a husband/wife when that's not what you really want. I can't pray for you to answer God with a yes, when in your heart you really saying no. I don't want to pray for your rent when your throwing money away on lottery tickets.

When you and I come together in prayer, we need to be on the same page, asking for the same thing because the Bible says..
"… if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven." Matthew 18:19

Simply put… We need to agree!

Oh, but I need to take this one step further. Not only do we need to be in agreement, but I also need to know you are actually praying yourself. Listen to me! If I can't prove that your knuckles are bloody from knocking on heaven's doors with your own request, what makes you think my prayers are going to help you get what you're seeking?

I don't mean to be so blunt, but you've got to know that when I need somebody to pray for me, it's because I've been before the throne of grace and mercy and need someone to stand with me, not for me. When I ask you to pray for me, I need someone who has the ability to cry out loud and strong instead of just throwing up a half-hearted request.

And the same is true for me, because when you trust me enough to ask for prayer, I should be trustworthy enough to pray. This is why I don't play with God and why prayer is so important to me. I know what prayer can do!

There are too many people hurting… Too many people dying… Too many people on the edge of the cliff… Too many who are losing. If you ask me, and I tell you, I'm praying for you, I am because obviously you need it or you wouldn't have asked me.

Here's my word or encouragement for you today: Prayer works. It's one of your greatest tools. AND sometimes you need someone to stand with you in agreement. Never be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for prayer. just be sure you're not asking them to do it for you. Be in agreement!

Hear our prayers. In Jesus names we ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen