Prayer comes in many forms. That’s the main point of this series to dive into how complex and special it can be. 🙂 But one thing that should be considered is if we are praying for specific things.
I’m not talking about a wish list. I’m not talking about a number of requests.
(NLT) James 4:03, “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure.”
It is extremely important we look at what we are experiencing in our life. What we are joyful for and grateful for can lead to us to worship and that can be tied into prayer. But it is very important we are open with God about the harder stuff. This is beyond things we would solely “like” to have.
This is about asking Him for His will and guidance.
I’ve shared before about my toxic church experience. The story ended with after the Lord revealed to me I was struggling with bitterness and I worked on asking for humility, I started to pray for the Lord to provide a church. I was very fragile in my spirit and I did not want to look anymore. So, I asked Him to provide. After a few months, a couple knocked on my door. They moved across the hall and were starting up Bible Studies while they found a building to start their church.
My senior year of high school I didn’t have a close relationship with my friends. My “best friends” were toxic. My spirit was broken. I prayed for a full year that God would provide a friend in college who would not always get mad at me. A friend I could connect with deeply.
The first night of college I talked about an interest of mine to one of the girls in my dorm as we walked to a presentation. This other girl appeared out of nowhere and is like, “You like that?! Me too!” We instantly connected and amazingly as we became better friends it took us three months to realize WE WERE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS!
I’ve known her for ten years now. 🙂
God brought to my attention this summer I needed to pray for a friend again and I needed to pray for a peer I could connect to as a sister of Christ. I realized I had not been specific and so I started to pray in His will He would provide and guide me.
He began to put on my heart to reach outside of blogging to other bloggers I was connecting with. There was one blogger in particular I really started connecting with and she had shared with me when we first started talking she had a recent dream that dealt with something she did not usually dream about. If you are familiar with my blog, I sometimes share my dreams. God planned everything.
We connected and then I felt God saying, “You need to suggest Skype and connect on a stronger level.” I later learned He was putting the same thing on her heart. In fact, the day I suggested it she shared, “I was just about to ask!”
She feared because of her shyness maybe it would be awkward. I prayed every day, throughout the day, that God would go against any barriers, any darkness that would sabotage our meeting. When we finally Skyped for the first time we clicked instantly and all barriers were gone. Everyone who knew her was shocked, we talked for six hours!
Now, we chat every day and usually Skype twice a week. One day out of the week is our Bible study.
Scripture tells us to pray for specifics.
(NLT) James 4:02, “You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”
Remember the scripture from earlier. This is not about getting what we want but focusing on His will. We can’t have something we don’t bring up to God, but that does not mean He will answer us the way we want.
If we are afraid, ask for courage.
If we are lonely, ask for a friend.
If we struggle with sin, ask He convicts.
An example prayer could be, “Lord. God, I am struggling with _____. I ask that You direct me. I ask for Your will to be done. Please, help me have patience in Your purpose and timing. Help me see Your hand in my life. Lord, guide me in my weakness and remind me that Your purpose for my life is at work. If it is not Your will or timing to do or provide what I would like, help me focus on You and Your ways for my life, instead of my own. Walk me where You want me to be. Amen.”
He knows everything already, but He deserves to be invited in. And He deserves for us to be patient with Him.
Give Him specifics and trust His hand.
Monthly Scripture, (NIV) John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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