Prayer Tip: What Should I Pray?

One approach to take in discerning what to pray, particularly for individual needs, is to consider what the natural person in me (my flesh) desires … and then consider the opposite.

Galatians 5:16-17  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

When we experience discomfort (that can mean pain, sorrow, fear, confusion, anger, frustration, doubt, rejection, etc.) our immediate reaction is to pray for relief – “God, change that person, deliver me from these circumstances, take away this pain, fix it or get me out of here…).  Rather, ask God how He wants to change you/grow your faith/perfect His work in you/accomplish His purpose through the situation and ask Him to do it.

“In every situation of our lives – in times of obvious blessing or in times of trial, large or small – God has a purpose in mind, and so does Satan.  Basically, Satan always wants to bring about the opposite of what God has in mind.  God wants to draw us closer to Himself; Satan wants to draw us away.  God wants to strengthen our faith; Satan wants to weaken it,…  God wants to purify our character; Satan wants to corrupt it.  God wants to liberate us from worldly values; Satan wants to entangle us, to whet our appetite for the things that grieve God and dilute our passion to honor Him and please Him.   God wants to increase our love for people and our readiness to forgive offenses; Satan wants to nurture bitterness and resentment.”  31 Days of Power by Ruth Myers p. 9

Listen for His leading while asking the Holy Spirit to pray through you.

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Prayer Tip: Help in the Day of Trouble

I’m sure glad that God is available to help in the day of trouble.  Tragically for many, that is the only opportunity they take to pray.

Consider Psalm 50:14-15 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

I like the promise of rescue when I call.  But look more closely at the conditions of the promise and ask yourself:

Do I offer to God sacrifices of thanksgiving in the day of trouble?  Is it with a grateful heart that I call?

Have I been keeping my vows to God in daily living such as loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength?  Meditating in His word day and night?  Delighting in keeping His commands?

Am I careful to honor Him in worship, praise, and thanksgiving with my words and actions?  Particularly giving Him glory for rescuing me out of trouble?

God’s invitation to call upon Him is repeated often in Scripture.  What a privilege to do so as sons and daughters of the Living God!  He never gets tired of hearing us call.

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Prayer Tip: Your Prayers Make a Difference

“One of the most wonderful things about the call to prayer is that every single one of us can experience divine power before the throne of Grace.  Whether we are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, no matter where we work, no matter where we live, we are powerful people and “heaven tall” when we are down on our knees before the throne of Grace.”  Beth Moore

Jesus said it this way, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater ”uc”>works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do ”uc”>it.   John 14:12-14

To grow in faith and ‘ask in My name’, we must be ‘abiding in Him and His word abiding in us.’

Romans 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

John 15:7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Are you abiding in Christ today?  Is His Word abiding in you?  Then ask whatever you wish according to His Word abiding in you.

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Prayer Tip: Praying for Real Needs

When people share a need or we observe people in need and we want to intercede for them, our tendency is to pray our sympathies.  This approach often has us praying about symptoms without addressing root issues and real needs.  I think we would all agree that to pray, “Lord, help my friend feel better.” will not have a very deep or lasting impact.

In Mark 2 friends brought a paralytic to Jesus to be healed and Jesus said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  The paralyzed man had a need much more critical and with greater consequences than physical healing.

In Luke 18 (also Matt. 19 and Mark 10) a rich young ruler asked Jesus how to receive eternal life.  How would you have counseled/prayed for this man?  Jesus told him to keep the commandments. (What happened to ‘believe on Me and be saved’?  Jesus hadn’t been through our evangelism class.)  He knew the good man was trusting in his good works, so He told him if he really wanted to grow he should sell all his possessions and give to the poor and then come and follow Jesus.  The man couldn’t trust Jesus for salvation while trusting in his riches.

In John 5 Jesus picked a man out of a crowd of sufferers who had been an invalid for 38 years and asked him, “Do you want to be made well?”  The obvious is not always the greatest need.

When interceding, pause to think about what the root issues and real needs might be, asking God for discernment and what you should pray.  (God desires a change of heart/repentance and trust more than a change of behavior/circumstances.) Then pray in the Spirit.

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Prayer Tip: It is Always Good to Praise the Lord!

It’s always good to praise the Lord, but it is particularly critical for me to do when I don’t feel like it.  It helps me get my focus off of myself and/or the circumstances and back on Jesus and the fact that He is faithful and mighty to save.

To willfully praise Him at such a time, I find it very helpful to use prayers recorded in scripture.  One of my favorites is found in I Chron. 29:10-13

So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”

Let’s join together in giving much praise to God this week.  He is enthroned in our praise and He is worthy!  Ps. 22:3

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