“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
One thing that stood out to the disciples about Jesus was his ability to pray. Of course, the faith of Jesus is the reason He had power in prayer. A faithless prayer will be a powerless pray; however, faith-filled prayers result in answered prayers. The power in your prayer life is determined the by the faith you have in God. In this chapter, there are several lessons that Jesus teaches that will help you to have a faith-filled prayer.
First, a faith-filled believer will always be ready to pray. The verse above says, “…men ought always to pray…” The natural reaction of the faith-filled believer is to pray. You should never let your second action be prayer. Far too many believers try to work things out instead of going to God in prayer. If you want your prayers to be answered, you need to have the faith to go to God immediately. Always be ready to pray for every situation. It is always better to be accused of always praying than it would be to be guilty of never praying.
Second, a faith-filled believer never gives up on prayer. The verse above continues to say, “…men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Never give up just because you haven’t got an answer. The faith-filled believer continues to pray because they believe that God will come through. Your measure of faith will be revealed by what it takes to cause you to quit praying. The faith-filled believer never quits praying.
Third, a faith-filled believer prays both day and night. Verse 7 says that God answers the prayer of the saint who prays both “day and night.” Your desire for an answer is revealed by whether you are willing to pray both day and night. Too many believers make prayer a one-time-a-day action instead of a day and night prayer. God knows the seriousness of your need by whether you are willing to lose sleep at night to pray. When is the last time you not only prayed early in the morning about a need but you stayed up late at night praying for God’s intervention? A faith-filled believer won’t let the hour of the day to stop them from praying.
Fourth, a faith-filled believer prays humbly. As Jesus taught His disciple how to pray, He used the parable of the Pharisee and Publican to show the attitude that a faith-filled believer should have when praying. You should always remember Who you are talking to when you pray. Never try to impress God with who you are in your prayers. Always remember that God doesn’t answer prayers because of who you think you are, but He answers prayer because of Who He is and what He is capable of doing. Always be humble in your prayers. Always remember that the humble prayer will be a prayer that begs for mercy.
Fifth, a faith-filled believer will be childlike in their prayers. The final lesson Jesus gave to His disciples in this discourse about prayer was to teach them the importance of a childlike faith. A childlike prayer is a prayer that believes God can do anything. When the believer has a childlike spirit in their prayer life, they will never put a restraint on the subject of prayer. A childlike prayer brings everything to God.
My friend, you will never see your prayers answered until you have faith-filled prayers. Jesus asked if He would find faith on earth, and the answer should be that he found it in your prayers. You will find your prayers filled with faith if you follow these lessons Jesus taught on prayer.