Prayer That Pays

Philippians 1:3-11

     Most of us have to admit our prayer lives are lacking in consistency.  Periodically we do pray, but nothing ever happens.  Part of our problem may be our scatter gun approach to prayer.  We offer up a few quick requests to God and then head on our merry way before God can say, “Take a breath and listen.”  Due to the spasmodic and inconsistent nature of our prayer lives, we tend to be more reactionary when we pray.  This is a nice way of saying, ‘we only pray when we are under the gun or in a crisis.’  As long as we only pray in 911 emergency fashion, our prayer lives will not reap rich dividends.  Paul informed the church at Philippi he regularly prayed for them and then he shared some specific dividends related to prayer.

     Prayer that pays is steeped in gratitude. (Philippians 1:3-4)  We have so much for which to be thankful that we cannot neglect to express our gratitude to God. Prayers that pays is built upon the nature of God. (Philippinas 1:6)  The more we know about who God is and the manner in which He works the better off we will be.  Prayer that pays is established upon God’s promises. (Philippians 1:6)  We know God finishes everything He starts, and this is definitely true in our relationship with Him.  Prayer that pays is decidedly spiritual in content. (Philippians 1:9)   Even though we do lift up material needs, our greatest focus should be centered on spiritual concerns.  Prayer that pays provides discernment into what matters. (Philippians 1:10)  It is so easy to go off on a tangent, when we really need to stay on target with what God wants for us.  Finally, prayer that pays produces godly, fruitful lives. (Philippians 1:10-11)  God’s intention is for us to be fruitful so it should come as no surprise prayer has a vital role to play in this.