BIBLE READING: NUMBERS 27:1-5
“Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6 KJV.
A petition is a request made for something desired, especially a respectful or humble request, as to a superior or to one of those in authority. This is usually for the exercise of their authority in the redress of some wrong, or the grant of some favour or privilege.
The prayer of petition primarily concerns an individual’s desires, needs, and problems. It is you praying for yourself, not someone else praying for you or agreeing with you in prayer. Most of the time when Christians pray, it is the prayer of petition. We always petition or ask God to do something for us. This is scriptural because He told us in Matthew 21:22(KJV), “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
The prayer of petition must be a prayer of faith. When you pray the prayer of petition, believe that you have received. If you do that, you will have what you ask for as we have been instructed in Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (KJV).
God knew that on earth, we will have many troubles, but He also put plans in place to deliver us from them all when we call upon Him. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 KJV. He asked that we call upon Him in the day of trouble: He will deliver us, and we shall glorify Him Psalm 50:15(KJV). That means that as a Father, He expects you to trust Him enough to bring your requests to Him and you must also trust Him to answer it as He deems fit. God, who is all-seeing and all-knowing, knows how best your petition can be sorted out. He is faithful and will bring all that concerns you to a fruitful end. He can employ any means He wants to meet His purposes.
The woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of His garment and got her answer, the demons were commanded to come out of the mad man of Gadara, Lazarus was called out of the grave, the man at the pool of Bethesda was told to take up his bed and walk while a blind man had his eyes anointed with clay mixed with spittle and asked to go and wash in a pool. He reserves the right to use whatever means He wishes. Yours is to make the request, then do whatever He says to you.
God is just as interested in His people today as He was in the old testament. He is concerned about everything that touches our lives. He promised us in 3 John 2(KJV), “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Some people think they should conclude every prayer with the words “If it be thy will.” They claim this is the way Jesus prayed. However, Jesus prayed this way on only one occasion, when He was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. By contrast, when He stood at Lazarus’ tomb, He didn’t say, “If it be thy will.” Instead, He said, “I thank You because You hear me always”(John 11:41-43). Then He commanded Lazarus to come forth. The prayer to raise Lazarus was a prayer to change something. Anytime we pray to change something, we do not need to put an “if” in our prayer. If we do, we are using the wrong rule, and the prayer won’t work. Instead, we need to claim God’s promise for our petition and believe that we receive it.
- Read today’s devotional again and make the necessary adjustments to upgrade your knowledge about the prayer of petition.
- Now you have been enlightened, go boldly to the throne of Grace and make your petitions known to God in faith and with thanksgiving.