“God, help me to get that job.”
“Jesus, please heal my throat”
“Lord, send sufficient cash to pay these bills.”
It took me a while to realize that those spur-of-the-moment prayers weren’t accomplishing much. I guess I thought the idea was to do the very best I could on my own, and after that if I wanted a lifeline from GodI grabbed for it. The only problem was that I needed a lifeline every additional moment.
I adored the Scripture that says,”Ask, and it will be given to you; hunt, and you’ll find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7). I also took to heart that the Scripture that says,”You do not have because you don’t ask” (James 4:2). Great! I can easily remedy that, I thought, and I proceeded to ask for everything. But I was not happy, and I didn’t find the sort of answered prayer I wanted.
One day as I was again reading that same verse, my eyes were opened into another verse,”You ask and don’t receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3). Is it that the”God give me this, do that, wave your magic wand here, get me out of this mess” kind of praying was not what God wanted for my own prayer life? In utter frustration I said,”Lord, teach me how I am supposed to pray.”
He did exactly that!
I came to understand that prayer is not only asking for matters –although that certainly is part of it. It’s getting near and spending time with the one you adore. It is seeking him first, touching him, getting to know him , being with himand waiting in his presence. It is acknowledging him as the source of power upon whom you can depend. It is taking the time to say, Speak to my heart, Lord, and inform me what I need to hear. It’s partnering with him. It is aligning our soul with his or her see that his perfect will is done. It is establishing ourselves and our own lives as being connected to God.
We can’t receive God’s best for our lives, and we can’t push back the items that were never God’s will for us, except by way of prayer. We can’t leave our life to chance. We have to pray about everything all the time, not just when things go wrong. 10:30).
Without diminishing prayer to a formula in the book 7 Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever, I have outlined seven basic types of prayers that can bring lasting peace and positive change for your life: confession, salvation, release, submission, praise, guarantee, and blessing. But please don’t be inhibited by these categories. They are just that: categories and suggestions.
And don’t be worried about prayer talk or church talk. 11:6).
The more you pray, the more you will discover to pray about, and the more you’ll be led to pray for others. If you have received Jesus and are praying in his name, God hears you, and something is happening whether you see it manifested in your life today or not. In fact, each time you pray, you’re advancing God’s purposes for you. Without prayer, the complete purpose God has for you can’t happen.