I received this wonderful question from a reader recently. The reader had seen one of my blog posts encouraging you to “put a demand on God in prayer,” and he wanted clarification about what on earth I meant!
It’s a great question. So, in case others are wondering the same thing, I thought I’d share my response here.
Here’s my answer in a nutshell:
Putting a demand on God means to pray in insistent, demanding faith.
It means to demand, in prayer, that He give us what He says in His Word we can have.
Jesus taught that we should pray this way in Luke 18:1-8. This passage says:
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying:
‘There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’
And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'”
Then the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?'” (Luke 18:1-8).
In the passage above, Jesus taught us that insistent, demanding prayer gets results. In fact, He indicated that He calls this type of praying “faith,” and He wondered if He would find it on the earth when He returns.
Another biblical example of what it means to put a demand on God:
The easiest Biblical illustration I know is to look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what she did at the wedding at Cana. Here’s a link to a post in which I write about that.
Also, the post discusses Abraham and others. Please be sure to read it in detail!
Jesus also taught us to put a demand on Him in faith in many other places.
- Think of the woman with the issue of blood, who put a demand on God for healing by touching Jesus’ robe without permission. She was healed–and Jesus said that her faith had made her whole.
- Think of the centurion, who said “you only have to speak the word and my servant will be healed.”
- Think of the lepers and blind people … so many that Jesus healed. They all refused to be denied, because they knew who Jesus was and what He could do.
You put a demand on God when you pray insistent prayers … and you keep praying until you get what you’re asking for.
It’s all based on what God’s Word says He wants to give you and do for you.
You have to know what God’s Word says. And you have to pray in faith, based on what His Word promises, if you’re going to get anything from God.
And as long as you know what His Word says, anything promised to us in that Word is always His will for all of us. However, we have to go to Him in prayer and ask for it, sometimes repeatedly, in order for His will to be released on the earth.
Basically, demanding prayer is insistent prayer.
And insistent prayer is the prayer that believes God means what He says, and that is determined we’re not going to give up asking until we see His will done on the earth and in our lives.
What are you putting a demand on God for today?