I’ve been convicted recently of a lack of expectancy in my prayers. Oftentimes I don’t expect God to answer.
Sam Storms points out that this attitude itself is where powerlessness in the church comes from.
The following quote by Storms is provocative, convicting, and compelling:
“All of us wish that contemporary church life was a more complete reflection of the New Testament ideal. But we cannot, we must not, respond to the discomfort and confusion this often creates with anything less than more prayer for the sick, greater zeal for spritual gifts, and deeper desire for the hand of God to perform these signs and wonders that bless his people and magnify his name. Nothing will contribute more to the entrenchment of powerlessness in the church than a theology that empties prayer of meaningful of expectancy.” (Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?, 325-326)