Syntax Error

Syntax is a term in the linguistics (about language). It refers to the way words are arranged to form a proper sentence in a specific language. If you speak more than one language, you probably have noticed that in translating a sentence in one language to the other, the sequence of words (noun, verb, adjective) usually change.

If you are familiar with computer programming, you probably know that there is “computing language”. To write a computer programme, you have to pay attention to the syntax. If you disregard the rules of the sequence or make a mistake or omit something, when you

hit the button to execute the command, you would get a message that says “syntax error”, and of course the computer will not process the intended command. Needless to say, you will not get the desired outcome.

When you get that feedback, you would usually go back to check the programme you wrote. You don’t blame the computer and you don’t keep trying with the same written command you entered previously. The problem is you’re not getting it right!

In the same way, there is a prayer language. There are principles on how to pray for effective results. There is what to pray for and how to pray. We get results when we pray according to God’s will and in faith. Prayer is not a wish list. It is not a gamble – hit or miss. No, when we pray, we should do so with a certainty that we will get the desired result.

If we are not getting answers to our prayers, it’s not God - for faithful is He who has promised and He surely honours His word. The word works for those who operationalize it correctly.

In a nutshell: God’s word has been pre-programmed to work. We are guaranteed results when we pray believing in and in accordance with His word. Just like a computer program will not execute a wrong command, God will not honour your prayers if you don’t make them by faith or if they are not in line with His will as stated in His word.

14  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15  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].

 To do: What do you want to pray about or pray for. Don’t just plunge into prayers. Spend some time in God’s word finding out what God says about “it”. Then pray accordingly.

Olihe Okoro
Author: Olihe Okoro
Olihe Okoro is a teacher and writer. She loves God's word and believes wholly in it as the road map for effective Christian living. She is happily married and the mother of three beautiful children.
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