It’s fascinating when you observe a father’s response to his children when they ask for something they want or seek fatherly advice (or approval) before performing a task.
This is similar to believers making a request to God through prayer.
According to KJV bible dictionary, prayer means;
To ask with earnestness or zeal, as for a favour, or for something desirable; to entreat and to supplicate.
I perceive that prayer is an action of making requests, expecting a response from the person of whom tihe request is made.
Hannah, who was barren prior to when she became the mother of Samuel, is an example of someone who made a request regarding her reproach so fervently that Eli the priest thought she had to be drunk.
12: And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.I Samuel 1:12-15 (KJV)
13: Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14: And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
15: And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
Hannah eventually got her response from God.
Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.1Sam 1:20 (KJV)
How consistent are you in your personal, family, and fellowship prayers? If you’re not, please ensure you take the steps to ensure that you are. And if you are, congratulations! Please keep on running the race.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.Colossians 4:2 (KJV)