“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
What is the origin of effectual prayer? Its roots are in the purpose of God. The prayer that gets to Heaven starts in Heaven. “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things.” Prayer is God’s way of getting Heaven’s will done on Earth, not man’s way of getting man’s will done in Heaven.
Why has God allowed us to pray? Have you ever thought about that? Prayer is so mysterious. God knows what we need before we ask Him, so why should I ask God for what He already knows I need? Could God do it without our praying? He will not do it without our praying, and if we don’t pray, we will not have, for the Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).
But God has given us the privilege of working with Him. God, in His administration of the Universe, has called us laborers together with Him. When we pray, we have the privilege of working with God. And through prayer, we also bond with Him. If we didn’t pray, many of us would never think about God. Many of us would take His blessings for granted. But God wants us to be perpetually dependent upon Him, so He teaches us to pray.
Take some intentional time in prayer to focus on God and His will, which is found in His Word.