GOD wants us to pray in the same way that a loving parent wants to hear His child’s request: with an earnest desire to answer if he should. God answers our prayers with Yes or No, and Wait.
Even then, however, there are three predictable things that will interfere with our prayers. 1) “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened,” (Psalm66:18). 2) “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers,” 91Peter3:18).
3) “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4) “When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not thing that he will receive anything from the Lord,”(James 1:6-7).5) “If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law(Divine) even his prayers are detestable,” (Proverbs 28:9).
Moreover, “When you pray, do not to be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and street corners, in order to be seen by men , I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray go to your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen, then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Jesus Christ.
“In Mongolia, the peasants their prayers on pieces of paper and put the paper under little windmills with the belief that each time the blade of the windmill turns, it offers the prayers to God once. In a brisk wind however, the prayer could be offered 40,000 times day. This is not what God has in mind.”
Unlike the pagans and the peasants of Mongolia, we should pray sincerely, and yield to the Father in all matters. Thereafter, we should ask Him for our needs in accordance to His will. Then, we should confess our sins even as we ask Him for deliverance from evil as we acknowledged that God is supreme in what He wants to do and in His ability to do it. Implicit in this acknowledgement is a thankful spirit. God bless!