While listening to a song on the radio, a line in the song struck me as odd. The line being”…I just prayed to a God that I don’t believe in.” I thought to myself, what could a person mean by that? Now the song may mean something other than what I am thinking but the only reasons, that I can think of for a person to say something like that are these: First, it is a joke and they prayed to some random god, pretending to believe in it. Second, a person is in a desperate situation and prays hoping that there is a supernatural being (A.K.A God) in hopes for comfort or answers. Thirdly, a person who has some belief in God, but is just not fully convinced that God is there, prays to God hoping He exist. And Finally, the last reason I can think of is that a person prays to God but is unsure if God actually answers prayers.
If any of these reasons apply to you, then you might as well quit praying and start doing some studying. Let examine why. First God is actually there and does actually exist, the universe points to a creator (Romans 1:20; Psalm 8:1-3; 19:1-6). Second, faith is not a leap in the dark hoping there is a God, but Faith is built upon evidence and has substance to it, knowing that there is a God (Hebrews 11:1) Finally, we must be fully convinced that God answers prayers . James says that anyone who prays not in faith (belief that God will answer the prayer) is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (James 1:5-8). James also points out that the person who prays not in faith, cannot expect to receive anything from God (6).
If we want God to answer our prayers, let’s begin to pray like He really exist and let’s pray like He actually answers prayers because He does. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours and His prayer was answered by God because Elijah had no doubts that God had the ability to do what he asked of God (James 5:17). We need to understand that God answers prayers in many different ways; sometimes He says no, for example Jesus in the garden, Jesus prayed not My will but Your will be done. Jesus’ cup did not pass from Him. Sometimes God may answer yes but not right now, and other times He answers yes. Just because God has different answers, does not mean that it takes away from His ability to answer any prayer asked. So let’s begin to pray in faith and allow God to work in our lives for His will to be done!