The “right hand” is seen as a place of honor and status throughout the biblical text. When the Bible makes statements that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, it is affirming that He has equal status to the Father within the Godhead. (Hebrews 1:3, 12:2; 1 Peter3:22; Acts 7 55-56.
So what moves the right hand of God?
Prayer is not to instruct God, or inform God, or impress God. Prayer moves God – it is faith that moves God’s hand. But then you ask, “Doesn’t God already know my needs?” The answer is Yes He does. In Matthew 6, Jesus said “your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Walking with the Lord, step-by-step, the question comes to mind: What moves God to action? Contrary to what most people think, it isn’t prayer. Prayer moves you and me.
The value of Prayer is two-fold. First prayer activates your faith. Prayer isn’t based on how long or short you pray. But that your prayer is faith-based. Faith says, “I believe!” and “I receive!”
I have a small block of wood on my desk that reads: “Faith is not believing that God can… it’s knowing that He will!” it’s a reminder that when I pray I must activate my faith believing God can, knowing He will hear my prayer and answer.
Second, prayer aims your faith. Apostle Paul taught the Philippian Church,, “Di not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Noe you ask, “Doesn’t God already know what need?” yes He does, then why do I have to make my requests known to Him. The simple answer is so that you will aim your faith specifically at your need. Remember this: Need does not move the hand of God… Faith moves the hand of God.
Recently I have been praying (or Complaining) to God about the horrible migraines I keep giving asking God to tell me they reason why. Then I realized that God is not listening to my complaints to Him. That He wants my prayers to be faith-filled.
Jesus asked the blind man a specific question: “What do you want me to do for you?” Now, Jesus could see that this man named Bartimaeus was blind. It was obvious to everybody that the man was blind. Yes, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” Why did He ask that question? The Lord asked so Bartimaeus would aim his faith specifically and precisely on what he wanted from Him. He said, “Rabbi, I want to see” (Mark 10:51).
Now Bartimaeus didn’t say, “Just bless me’ or if it be your will, I want to be touched by You, Lord.” No, Bartimaeus was specific, he aimed his faith: “Rabbi, I want to see.
As with my migraines, my prayer was complaining that I want God to take my migraines away. There was no faith involved I was hurting and asked God to heal me now, right now.
What lies ahead? We can’t see all the blessings and we can’t see all the bumps in the road, but we can see, with clarity, we can pray with active faith and aimed faith that will move God’s hand on our behalf.
After I realized that their was no faith in my prayers, I started praying with faith. After having a migraine for 8 days, and taking everything I could with Dr orders. I finally prayed with the faith I needed to. And my migraine started easing off.
We all have a tendency to complain when we pray or don’t understand why our prayers don’t get answered. The simple answer is Pray with Faith.