It is sometimes a shock to believers to realize that God wants us to respectfully argue with or debate with Him over answering our prayers!  He calls it “reasoning together.”  This is to be more in the manner of talking something over with a dear friend.  Let’s look at the Bible verses.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  (Isa 1:18)

Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.  (Isa 43:26)

Take words with you, and return to the Lord.  Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously, for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.”  (Hos 14:2, emphasis added)

The Lord wants us to come to Him when we are in need.  He is pleased when we talk to Him and hold up His own Word to Him to remind Him of His promises.  He loves our attention to His Word, and He loves our trust in Him and in His Word.

When we have a need for finances and we hold up His Word to Him concerning His promises to supply all of our needs (Phil 4:19), and remind Him that He said that hard-working people gain riches (Pro 10:4; 13:4), the Lord is happy with the manner of our approach to the throne of grace.  Glory to God!

The “words” that the Lord wants us to bring with us (Hos 14:2) to His throne are His own words.  He is giving us a spiritual key to effective prayer, so we should pay attention to it.

In the same way, when we have any need—regardless of the nature of the need—it is good to find Bible verses to stand upon in faith.  These are the words or promises of blessing that we would bring to the Lord in our prayer for our needs.

We must ask Him for what we need.  Here are Scripture references for you to check out on this topic:  John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24, 26; Eph 6:18; 1 Thes 5:17. 

We bring God’s Word to Him when we ask Him to answer our prayers because He tells us to do so.  We are being obedient, and He said that obedience is better than sacrifice.  (1 Sam 15:22)

When we go to Him and reason with Him, we are communicating.  This is something that all people do who are in relationship with each other.  As we reveal our hearts to God, we are offering ourselves freely to Him which is the best gift that we can ever give to Him!  Blessings upon you.

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