What if there was one type of prayer that demonstrated the fatherhood of God, more than any other?

  • And what if that same type of prayer was being undervalued by us today—due to its seemingly humble approach?

An Encounter that Changed My Life

Many years ago, I had a life-defining encounter with God.
It took place in a moment I simply asked Him to teach me about faith.

Immediately in my mind’s eye, I saw a small boy standing in front of a shop window.
It was a candy store or lolly shop—and there was row upon row of good things on the shelves.
As I looked at this child, I could see his great desire for what was in the window. And somehow, I knew that he had in his back pocket one small coin.

Oh, how I felt the strength of his desire and the limitation of that coin!

Then suddenly, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying, “Same boy. The same amount of money in his pocket, but his father owns the store.”


A Powerful Change of Perspective

Immediately, my perspective changed. It was no longer about how much pocket money the child had—or how much he had earned.

Now, it was all about his relationship with his father. And he could get up behind the counter, get up on his daddy’s lap and ask for whatever his heart desired.

You see, bring the Father into the picture, and everything changes.
This is the greatness and the simplicity of the Gospel.
And it is true also of prayer.


What We Can Ask God for

Waterfall plus text, your prayer to the Father will release great powerIn a popular viewpoint, humble request-type prayers are not compatible with our spiritual identity, position, and authority.
Or—are they?

I do agree that asking for what God has already given is unnecessary! And this is where we need to know what the Bible says.
For we can receive what God has already given to us by faith, with thanksgiving.

  • But we can petition God that He bring about His plans, and ask Him for the resources that are needed for His will to be done (Matt 6:10)
  • We can ask Him about all of the things that concern us, and He delights to listen!

Paul wrote,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7, NKJV)


8 Reasons Why a Prayer of Petition (Requesting in Prayer) is Powerful

The foundational keys of prayer are simple; Jesus gave them to us, and they’ve never changed.

  • Ask the Father (John 15:16)
  • Ask in Jesus’ Name
  • Pray with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6-7 and 6. below)

Here are eight compelling reasons why a prayer of petition (requesting or “asking” in prayer) is powerful.

1. Your Prayer of Petition is Biblical

By making simple requests in prayer in Jesus’ Name, we are following the instruction of God’s Word.

There are numerous examples in the Old Testament—but let’s jump straight to the Gospels. Jesus linked our destiny with the great privilege of asking the Father anything in his name!

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16, NKJV)

The verb “ask” here in the original Greek, can be translated to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require. [1]

Paul spoke of the joy of making requests:
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy…” (Phil 1:3-4, NKJV) He also mentioned making requests to God that he could visit the church in Rome (Rom 1:10). [2]

So, if Jesus initiated petition and the apostles of the New Testament practiced it—then let us also honor it as a gift.


2. Your Petition can be Prophetic (Expressing God’s Intention)

Jesus made it clear that we can ask God for His will to be done, on earth as it is in Heaven (Matt 6:10). John wrote, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
(1 John 5:14-15, NKJV)

So, our petitions can be prophetic in nature—carrying with them the very power of fulfillment.

These are insights that we can gain simply:
from Bible study, through hearing His voice in our relationship with Him, prophetic words, or the timely input of others.

Knowing God is good and faithful provides us with a lens to see through (Heb 11:11). Thus, our prayers are emboldened with confidence!


3. Your Petition Releases the Resources of Heaven

Asking is powerful! Simply by asking, Heaven’s resources—including angels—are released.
Jesus said, “Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?” (Matt 26:53 NLT)

We see this in action shortly afterward in Acts, when the church was praying for Peter—and an angel broke him out of prison.

Through prayers of petition, God releases His power, the Spirit moves upon hearts, and Divine orchestration takes place.


4. Prayers of Petition Reveal God as Your Loving Father

Jesus compared us making requests of the Father with an earthly child asking a father for food.
And He said, “…how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him.” (Matt 7:12)

And here, Jesus reminds us that our requests are those of greatly loved children!
We are not asking from a position of poverty, lack, or spiritual abandonment (i.e., an orphan spirit).
No! Our Father is ever-present, ever ready, and ever delighting to give.

We ask from the revelation of our identity as loved children of God.
We know that what our Father has ordered is in the “pantry”. It is in Heaven’s storehouse, having already been set aside for us—and all we need to do is simply ask.


5. Bold Asking Demonstrates Your Close Relationship

Bold asking comes from familiarity, in a close relationship.

Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, but friends”. He added that friends know the master’s business! (See John 15:15) And then He talked about asking the Father in his name!

It is the great outcome of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that we can stand washed, and clean before a loving Father (John 3:16). And relating to Him as Father—making requests to Him—brings Jesus joy.

So, let’s bring back simple petition into our prayer vocabulary and delight in it—because God does!


6. Thanksgiving Will add Power to Your Petition

When we thank God for answering our prayer before we have seen an outcome, we express our trust in God. Because as His loved child, we know that, in the very breath of asking, something good is on the way!

Jesus began His prayers to the Father with thanksgiving (Matt 11:25, Luke 10:21, John 11:41) and at times He simply thanked the Father and went on to exercise His power.
When He stood before Larazus’ tomb, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…” (John 11:41b) implying He had already prayed—which of course, He had.

Thanksgiving is the voice of childlike faith—and the honor of a seasoned prayer warrior.


7. God Receives the Glory in Answer to Your Prayer

As God answers a simple prayer of petition, who receives the glory?
God does. The person praying does not receive credit—for they have simply expressed their dependence upon God.
In fact, they may have shared that prayer request with others.

Further, there is no credit given to the “type” of prayer used.
And this is a reminder—our faith should not be in the type of prayer we are using!
It’s true that those of us who have learned more about prayer over the years have many “tools” in our prayer closet.

Paul the Apostle refers to various types of prayer (Eph 6:18).
So, yes, we can step into declarations, and prophetic decrees, and release God’s word of power. Or take a heavenly standpoint for something to be done—when led by the Spirit (and that’s the key).

But let’s always check where the glory, or “credit” of answered prayer is going.
It should never be a type of prayer.

Only to Jesus. “Jesus is the only explanation for this amazing miracle that has taken place—we prayed in His Name!”


8. Your Petition is Simple ~ it takes away “Performance”

One of the things I love about this type of prayer is that even a brand-new Christian or a child can ask this way! No one is excluded.

No formula is needed, just a pure relationship and childlike faith. Our ability to “petition” represents the grace of God in a way no other kind of prayer can.

Plus, it removes fear and anxiety from our lives, as we hand over our needs to God (Phil 4:6)

Prayer is not mysterious. It is not “deep”—at its most powerful, prayer is simple.
So let’s take care, not to fall from the glorious heights of simplicity (2 Cor 11:3). But instead, let’s embrace prayer in its purest form.
For in our day, humble petitions, made in Jesus’ Name will release great power.


Something Good is on the Way

Oh, dear one loved by God—no matter how brief, no matter how inarticulate—your prayers, even your tears, and cries for help—are heard by Him.

Perhaps you have been in a low place recently—or have been crying out to God on behalf of someone you love.
You can be assured, regardless of what it looks like right now. “Something good is on the way!”
Because your Father is in the picture of your life, and He is good.

Know that there is a storehouse, and it’s open in Heaven.
There are supplies with your name on them!
And there is a provision available for you right now—all yours for the asking.
For your Father “owns the store”.


Leave a Comment
Which of these reasons that petition in prayer is powerful, most resonates with you? This whole study has impacted me, but number 4 means the most to me. I’d love to hear from you, so drop down to the box below and leave your comment or prayer request.


Notes:
1. Strong’s G154 aiteo. It also appears here in relation to prayer: Luke 11:9-13
A noun from this same root word, aitema (Strong’s G155) is translated as “petitions” (1 John 5:15) and “requests” (Phil 4:6).
A Greek word translated as “supplication” in relation to prayer, G1162 deesis, implies “seeking from need, entreating” Eph 6:18, Phil 4:6
Paul’s personal requests for prayer can be found here: 2 Cor 1:8-11, Eph 6:18-20, Col 4:2-5, Phil 1:19-20, Philem 1:22, Rom 15:31, 2 Thess 3:1


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44 thoughts on “Prayer: 8 Reasons Why Your Simple Petition is Powerful”

  1. Thanks mighty woman of almighty father God.i appreciate your words of encouragement from father God..

      1. Rose-Anne Schillemans

        Dear Helen,
        To ask boldly is something I sometimes struggle with and yet I know that Pappa would like me to do just that. I ask kprayer for healing. Thank you!
        I loved what you shared about the boy and the Owner of the store. Very encouraging! Be blessed. Rose-Anne

        1. yes amen, fresh boldness rising in you, Rose-Anne. amen for healing, new era! Eyes on the Father…what an empowering study this has been for me and I’m glad it’s blessed you too

  2. Blessed by this post.My FATHER is a loving Father.He is my source.He already knows my needs ,my pains and faults.When l come to the father,l have come to the source of everything l need.My father never runs out of resources and He will never chase me away.At anytime l can go to my Father.Thank you for reminding me that my Father is ever present,ever ready to give.

    1. oh yes Sarah, I’ve been meditating on this myself tonight. He is truly wonderful, we will spend all eternity marveling in His fatherhood!

  3. Dear Helen

    I just want to thank you for always ensuring and agreeing with believers like me as far as the Word of God is concerned, I relate and touched by your teaching: 8 prayer points of petition, point number six moves my spirit to higher level, I love how the Lord Jesus says in John 11: 42 we read: And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe.

    These words from the Lord gives me a peace of mind, they are powerful and very true

    Please prayer for me to have the wisdom of Solomon especially in money and carrier matters

    Best regards
    Mluleki

    1. Hi Mluleki, amen to your prayer for wisdom, both personally and to know who to listen to, in choosing the voice and input that will be timely info you need. I agree, the insight of thanksgiving to receive and how Jesus modeled this to us causes us to reach for more!

  4. Samuel Sukumar

    Dear Helen,
    I am very much touched by this article that prayer is simple and all the glory belongs to the Lord and not the type of prayer we do.
    Thank you very much!

    Thanks,
    Samuel Sukumar

  5. Oh Helen!! I agree and sometimes I have to remind myself of this. My most precious times of intimacy with the Lord, are when I just lean back into His love, and just talk to Him from my deepest heart. And the way He responds is most tender and powerful . His reassuring presence and the peace that passes understanding confirms and instructs like no other. Such a powerful post. Thank you !!

    1. thank you Sue for this lovely comment, yes this tenderness of relationship is the ultimate of all! I’m soaking in Ephesians chapter one this week. The riches are leaving me astounded

  6. I’ve been really struggling with this topic of prayer and some of the things you mentioned above. Last year after a few years of prayer and believing that healing had taken place a family member of mine died from the very thing we thought they were healed from. I stood on the message that God gave me originally and it was my anchor during many dark days and nights. To have this family member suddenly die from something that we thought was no longer an issue, and the doctors thought that we were past it, was a very low blow. So when I read stuff like this that says you can have what you ask for when you pray and that we can have child like faith, it hurts to read. If you read CLOSELY at Matthew 6:10 that if we ask and it’s in GOD’S WILL then we can have it. What happens when things don’t turn out how WE hoped? Or if we misunderstood what God was saying? In my case to be given the scriptures about Jairus’s daughter and then see a few years of continued life and then one day suddenly death from the thing that we thought they’d been healed from is a very, very deep blow to the heart and faith. I’m struggling so much with bitterness and spend hours wondering about where I went wrong and trying to figure out how what happened at the end fits in with ideas similar to what you talk about in this post above. If I wasn’t a seasoned Christian who is familiar with spiritual warfare then this death would have been a final nail and I would have walked away from God. But I am a seasoned Christian and I won’t walk away from God but I AM struggling with trying not to be bitter and still struggling with the why’s and how come’s and what DIDN’T I understand? This is a good post, Helen, I do agree with what you said in it but I’m at a place where I feel like I don’t know how to make things in my life fit in with these teachings. Please pray for me cause I’m really struggling with what happened and prayer is hard at the moment.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear of the struggles you have had, Staci. I’m praying for you right now, to come to peace. It seems that for each of us there are these seeming contradictions and mysteries, and tensions that are constant – and at times the crushing blows such as you described. Paul describes this in 2 Corinthians 1.
      And I know it so well myself, where there are no clear answers, only invitation to step back into the Father’s heart and arms. Recently I’ve been meditating on (in the face of what I don’t understand in ‘unanswered prayer’) on the mystery realm – that more has/is going on than we perceive – and trust in the goodness of God and His mercy.
      You bring up another subject about prophetic disappointment. I explored it a long time ago in this post here: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/2011/08/23/prophetic-disappointment-why-is-my-prophecy-unfulfilled/

    2. Hello Staci,

      I hope I’m not overstepping my bounds Helen, to make book recomendation-but I was moved by your (Staci’s) post. I have also struggled with understanding why healing doesn’t happen or wouldn’t be in God’s will to do so. For me, I needed a better understanding of God’s sovereignty- and still do. I came across this book called Life Can Be Good Again. The author has a lot of free blog posts and you can read the first chapter for free as well. I am in NO way trying to promote a book. This is a honest suggestion that you may find helpful, as the situation you have been through would be very difficult for me to process and I think this would help me. Praying for you. https://lisaappelo.com/lifecanbegoodagain/

      1. Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate the way you have shared this without presumption and with such grace (you’re a rare gem!)

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