When you pray, do you truly expect God’s response? We all have our lists of requests with which we petition God, but how many of us fully believe in His power to answer? There is no magical formula to prayer, and D.L. Moody’s life proves that prayer is more a bent of the soul than just an action.
Prayer comes out of acknowledging how desperately dependent we are on God. A life that is rooted in Him has a heart bent already towards the needs for which it must petition God. Without this deep abiding in Christ, prayer is only inviting God into the points in our life we have selected that we are willing to open to Him. Dwight Moody modeled a life surrendered to Christ so that his prayers were after God’s heart, rather than his own ambitions.
In his book Why God Used D.L. Moody, R.A. Torrey tells this story,
“On one occasion Mr. Moody said to me in Chicago: “I have just found, to my surprise, that we are twenty thousand dollars behind in our finances for the work here and in Northfield, and we must have that twenty thousand dollars, and I am going to get it by prayer.” He did not tell a soul who had the ability to give a penny of the twenty thousand dollars’ deficit, but looked right to God and said: “I need twenty thousand dollars for my work; send me that money in such a way that I will know it comes straight from Thee.” And God heard that prayer. The money came in such a way that it was clear that it came from God in direct answer to prayer.
Yes, D. L. Moody was a man who believed in the God who answers prayer, and not only believed in Him in a theoretical way but believed in Him in a practical way. He was a man who met every difficulty that stood in his way — by prayer. Everything he undertook was backed up by prayer, and in everything, his ultimate dependence was upon God.”
There is no quick fix to learn this state of being, but the good news is that God desires a relationship with us and continues to pursue us. The question remains if you are willing to respond to the call, and it will be a daily choice. There is beauty in this journey towards a more intimate relationship with Christ as your heart begins to learn the rhythms of quiet and prayer.
Make a simple choice today to surrender, be still, and listen.