Be Specific When You Pray!
When Joel was learning to pray, his parents advised him to be more specific in his prayers, encouraging him to ask for God’s blessing on a specific person or family at a specific time. In First John 5:14, the Bible says that if we ask anything according to God’s will, God hears us.
The Greek word aiteo means “to be adamant in requesting assistance in meeting tangible needs.” It eliminates any suggestion that we are “lowly worms” who have no right to make a request, as well as the image that we must pitifully beg and plead for the things we need. The King James translators translated “petition” as a specific, exact, explicit, precise, detailed request.
MY PRAYER FOR TODAY
In Jesus’ name, I pray that I may approach the Father with confidence and assurance as I make specific, detailed requests; I commit to honoring You with specific requests when I pray; and I commit to glorifying Your Name when the answers are granted!
MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY
I intend to be very specific in my prayers because God’s Word contains answers and promises that He wants to bring to pass in my life, and with the Holy Spirit’s help, I will find those answers, discover those promises, and then be very specific in my requests.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER
Are you clear and unambiguous about what you want God to do for you when you pray? Why don’t you take a few minutes today to write down the requests you want to present to God? This exercise may help you gain a better understanding of what God wants you to do.
What is the point of praying if God knows everything?
God doesn’t need your prayers because He already knows what you need before you ask, but we desperately need Him in our lives. Our prayers are a proactive act of faith on our part, and we must be willing to wrestle with our faith at God’s footstools in order to say, “Thy will be done.”
How do you pray to God properly?
Learn to Pray in Four Simple Steps
- Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
- Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
- Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
- Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Praying in a Group.
- Pray Always, With Sincerity, and Faith in Christ.
Can you really ask God for anything?
Even though God already knows what you want and need, He wants you to ask Him for it. God can answer vague prayers, but being specific strengthens your relationship with Him. However, being specific does not guarantee that God will respond in the way you want.
Can you pray to God in your own words?
Kneel down and simply address God by saying his name. If you are in a position to speak out loud, do so; if not, simply think the words. After a few minutes, simply conclude by saying u201cin the name of Jesus Christ, amen.u201d Christ asked us to u201cpray to the Father in my name.u201d
Does prayer change God?
We, like Abraham, frequently pray for things. u201cI, the Lord, do not change.u201d (Malachi 3:6) The idea of praying to change God’s will is arrogant, as it implies that we know better than God. In Gethsemane, Jesus set the example by praying for God’s will to be done, not His own.
How does prayer affect your spiritual life?
Prayer can give one’s life new meaning, purpose, hope, and a sense of direction or control, which can help instill a fighting spirit, which has been reported to be an important factor in healing. Prayer can also bring a sense of peace and acceptance at the end of one’s life.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
What is the best prayer to God?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What are the 5 basic prayer?
Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S., are the four basic forms of prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at set prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious, and devout believers.
Does God care about what I want?
God is able to do abundantly more than we can ask for, think about, or pray for, just as Solomon was able to do abundantly more than we can ask for, think about, or pray for. God’s heart is to do even more than you are asking for.
Why does God want us to ask?
God tells us to ask because prayer is an invitation for God to become personally involved in our lives, in whatever situations and circumstances we are facing, because He loves us so much.
How do I talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.
What does it mean to pray in God’s will?
Praying for God’s will to be done in and through our lives on earth, as it is in heaven, means we are willing to go through whatever it takes to make that purpose a reality; our prayer is to be so aligned with God’s will and purpose that we ask God to empower us to carry it out.
How do you pray scriptures?
Four Steps to Praying the Bible
- This is the most important step: make sure you understand the context of the scripture you’ll be praying.
- Let the Holy Spirit speak to you. Next, let the Holy Spirit speak to you through the passage.
- Personalize the passage.
- Write down your prayer or say it out loud.
Is it OK to make up your own prayer?
You can write short prayers to God in your prayer journals if you don’t have much time, are traveling, or for any other reason that prevents you from writing full prayers.