"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." (Matthew 7:7)
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24)
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13)
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:13-14)
"And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." (John 16:23)
"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." (Romans 10:12)
"For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." (Ephesians 2:18)
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. . (Hebrews 10:19)
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:14-15)
These passages from God's word tell us there can be no question that God wants us to pray and that He promises to answer our prayers.
Prayer is a wonderful way for us to communicate with our Heavenly Father. Many of us pray on a regular basis, some though only when there is a problem. Some though would rather worry instead of pray.
We read the verses above and it's clear that God wants us to pray to Him and that He wants to answer them. It's also clear that we are to pray according to the will of God. If we pray for our wants and not our needs, we have no business expecting God to answer our prayers.
I think of conversations that I've had with others, and even in situations in my own past, where it's easy to pray and believe God during our prayer, yet after our prayer we doubt that God will answer.
Christians, we need a revival in our prayer lives. We need to humble ourselves, repent, and see God, and trust him 100% to honor His word as He is a God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and delights in honoring His word and blessing us.
George Müller was a great man of prayer and faith.
The following is from George Müller the Man and is a good read.
One of the many fascinating aspects of George Müller's life is that it illustrates very simply the power of God. There are those who find it difficult to accept the authenticity of much of the scriptures and view many of the remarkable stories with scepticism. George Müller received £1,500,000 in answer to prayer without ever needing to ask for funds. At present day prices, this would be well over £75,000,000. Had this happened two or three thousand years ago the same sceptics would, undoubtedly, have questioned its authenticity. As it happened in the latter part of the nineteenth century with modern records and factual evidence, the facts can be challenged but certainly not disputed.
We can learn much about how to pray from reading the Bible, and learn that God is God and does answer prayers and His word by reading about men like George Müller.