Why Pray? Plus, Don’t Miss “Project JCTV” If You Need Some Encouragement!
Written by Christi Given | December 2, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
So many PI Girls write in and ask questions about their faith, relationships, peer pressure, bullying, and other issues they are facing. This week on Girl Talk, a girl asked why we have to pray. She also asked why bad things happen. To read the full post, click here.
“The Bible says, ‘And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do,’ and yet we all know that even if we end a sincere prayer with ‘In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen,’ this still is not always true. Am I misinterpreting this verse? I have recently come up with an idea of what I want to do with my future… But people tell me to ‘pray on it.’ I’m wondering when I’m going to receive this answer. I probably won’t… So what? I’m just supposed to pray and suddenly just have this feeling and know whether or not this is who I am supposed to be?”
Girls, prayer and faith go hand in hand. We know that in James it says we don’t receive because we ask amiss, or with the wrong motivation/intention. I’m not saying you do this, but it can happen (James 4:3). Remember, sometimes prayers aren’t answered because there is a faith issue. We need to persistently pray until something happens AND we need to believe God hears us, and we need to believe just like the persistent widow in the Bible (Luke 18:1-8).
God will hear us, and if he says, “No,” we need to recognize maybe God did answer us, just not the way we wanted or expected. Sometimes people confuse “Wait” with “No,” and usually it means that God has something BETTER for you! Remember, faith is what we are hoping for…it is what we can’t see, but believe God WILL do (Hebrews 11:1). We believe because not only do we have that truth and hope, but also because God’s track record is TOO good.
If you feel you haven’t experienced the goodness of God, then you need to ask God to show you His goodness in your life…it is all about perspective. Reading the Bible does increase our faith, so that is a wonderful way to connect with God and to increase HOPE in whatever situation you face. As it says in the Word, it is a light to our path. If you are walking amiss and don’t know where to step, get out your light (the Word) and it will reveal the path. Hope this helps! God bless you! (Psalm 119:105)
This week (December 1-8, 2013), JCTV will be airing their highlights in a program called Project JCTV, where the mission is to impact youth and encourage them in their faith, as well as to raise funds for the ministry/outreach. Project JCTV only happens twice a year and has only aired four times total. It broadcasts special speakers, ministers, musicians and even special testimonies. The messages are so powerful and totally inspiring to watch. Tune in at www.jctv.org or stream it on your phone if you get the free app. You can also check to see if your cable provider has the channel.
One testimony that’s going to be highlighted in the 2013 program is from Pastor Jesse Bradley, a former pro soccer player. He talks about why we need to pray, and about God’s mercy and love. Watch the Project JCTV clip below!
Other speakers are Hannah Parks; pastor and author Pat Schatzline; speaker Egypt McGee; and more!
PI Girls, will you be tuning in to Project JCTV?