How’s your prayer life?
Could it use some tweaking?
Perhaps some believing?
Consider Professor Torrey’s key insight that could transform your prayer life and give you confidence with God whose promises to you never, ever, fail.
If we listen to all God’s commands to us, He will listen to all our requests of Him. If, on the other hand, we ignore His instructions, He will likely ignore our prayers. We find here the secret of much unanswered prayer. We are not listening to God’s Word, and therefore He is not listening to our petitions.
I was once speaking to a woman who had been a professed Christian but had given it all up. I asked her why she was not still a Christian. She replied she did not believe the Bible and said, “I have tried its promises and found them untrue.”
“Does it not say in the Bible, ‘Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith’?” she asked me (Matt. 21:22).
“It says something nearly like that.”
“Well, I asked fully expecting to get and did not receive, so the promise failed.”
“Was the promise made to you?”
“Certainly, it is made to all Christians, is it not?”
“No, God carefully defines whose believing prayers He agrees to answer.” I then turned her to 1 John 3:22 and read the description of those whose prayers had power with God.
“Were you keeping His commandments,” I asked, “and doing those things pleasing in His sight?”
She frankly confessed that she was not, and she soon came to see that the real difficulty was not with God’s promises, but with herself.
That is the difficulty with many unanswered prayers today: the one who makes the request is not obedient. If we want power in prayer, we must be earnest students of His Word to find out His will, and then having found it, do it. One act of disobedience not confessed on our part will shut the ear of God against many petitions.
– R.A. Torrey, How To Pray (1900)