IMPORTANT PRAYER PRINCIPLES – Excerpt from ‘Meditation Moments’ by Virginia Brandt Berg

If you have a problem today, a great need in your life, maybe your problem is that you had done all the talking, but hadn’t done any listening to God!

“Stop talking and listen for a while! Listen to God’s Word! Be still and let Him speak to you. When you get quiet and wait on Him, there will come a prompting from Him in a still small voice.” Someone has also called it “A Divine Oughtness,” that is, an impression that you

He’ll answer!

Some people think that effective praying means to keep on seeking and keep on knocking, to keep on talking and talking and asking God with a multitude of words, and an insistence in talking it out with Him! This kind of prayer doesn’t show your trust & faith that He’ll answer, on the contrary, it shows your unbelief & lack of faith that He has heard you & the answer is on its way.

When you pray you don’t need to keep on asking, with so much talking and insistence on expressing yourself in words, but you need to keep on believing and keep on expecting and waiting! Waiting for God to answer! Oh, the answer’s there, God will answer! You know, prayer in its highest meaning is not pleading with God or demanding things, but it is communion with God, throwing your whole being open heavenward, God-ward, and waiting for the divine response.

A little word by Martha Snell-Nicholson:

Sometimes I do not even pray in words.
I take my heart in my two hands,
And hold it up before the Lord.
I’m so glad He understands.

Sometimes I do not even pray in words.
My spirit bows before His feet,
And with His hand upon my head,
We just hold communion, silent, sweet.

Sometimes I do not pray in words,
For I am tired and long for rest.
And my heart finds all it needs,
Just resting on the Savior’s gentle breast.

If you have prayed and had no answer yet, no answer’s come and it seems as if when you pray, the Heavens are brass and He’s been deaf to your pleading cries, remember this:

No earnest sincere prayer to the heavenly Father has ever gone unanswered or been unnoticed. But it is also true that God has His time for all things in working out His purposes! God has strange ways of disciplining His intercessors and prayer warriors, and that takes time.

Give God time!