Remember that great prayer that Solomon prayed in the dedication of the temple? If God had never heard it, it would have been meaningless. The true measure of my prayer is if God actually answers the prayer.
The Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer. I consecrate this Temple which you have built as the place where I shall be worshiped forever. I will watch over it and protect it for all time. – 1 Kings 9:3 GNT
“Have you never known what it is to leave off prayer when you are in the middle of it, and say, “I am heard: I am heard”? Have you not felt that you needed not to cry any longer, for you had gained your suit, and must rather begin to praise than continue to pray? When a man goes to a bank with a cheque, and he gets the money, he does not stand loafing about the counter: he goes off about his business. And oftentimes before God, he that is prepared to be a long time in prayer if it should be necessary, feels that he must be brief in petition and long in thanksgiving.” – Spurgeon
So this totally affects the way I pray, how I pray, what I pray for, and even how I’m able to pray.
Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. – Ephesians 6:18 GNT
I know God and I talk to Him – I do that through prayer.
Teach us how short our life is,
so that we may become wise.
How much longer will your anger last?
Have pity, O Lord, on your servants!
Fill us each morning with your constant love,
so that we may sing and be glad all our life.
Give us now as much happiness as the sadness you gave us
during all our years of misery.
Let us, your servants, see your mighty deeds;
let our descendants see your glorious might.
Lord our God, may your blessings be with us.
Give us success in all we do! – Psalm 90:12-17 GNT
If I am looking for wisdom, I am going to have to pray for it and ask the Holy Spirit to teach me. I am going to have to keep asking for God’s mercy because I know I am nothing without Him. I keep praying the the work of the Holy Spirit may change my heart and the beauty of holiness may appear and be seen in my actions.
“Prayer brings the power of the Spirit. Leaders are selected and appointed with prayer. The apostles – the teachers and leaders of the early church – believed that they needed to give as much attention to praying as they did to teaching the Word. All Christians were expected to have a fervent prayer life, praying in all sorts of ways for all kinds of things. It was expected that spouses might even part from each other for times of sustained prayer. The Spirit gives us the confidence and desire to pray to God as Father and enables us to pray even when we don’t know what to say. All desires must be given to God in prayer – the only alternative is anxiety. All people around you should be prayed for, and the sick should especially be prayed for. God hears prayers and answers them. Every gift you receive should be ‘consecreated’ through prayer – you should thank God for it lest your heart become hard through an illusion of self-sufficiency. Prayer should pervade your whole life – we should ‘pray without ceasing,’ seeking the glory of God consciously in everything we do. The prayers and praise of our lips is now the most pleasing sacrifice we can offer God.” – Timothy Keller