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Perceptions #200301

Specificity In Prayer

by Jim Brasher

GOD ANSWERS PRAYER! How often have we said this? We can cite examples for both Old and New Testaments showing clearly that God hears when his people pray. Since this is true, one would think that Christians would be distinguished for their prayer life…that their lives would be steeped in believing prayer…that they would be found praying individually, in small groups in homes, congregationally, in the family. Praying for the lost, the weak and the sick. Let us learn to pray specifically!

Many of our prayers are so general that they are meaningless. We pray for the Lord to "bless all the sick everywhere and please save the lost." How shocked we would be, if in the midst of our praying, the Lord should appear and say, "give me the names of those you are concerned about and especially those you are trying to reach with the gospel."

My son, Jimmy, when he was very small taught Connie and me a lesson about praying specifically. We had sat down at the table for a meal and called on him to lead the prayer of thanks. He surveyed the fare, then bowed his head and said, "Lord, we are thankful for these beans." The Bible teaches us to pray for:

  1. WISDOM. James said, "If any man lack wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him. Wisdom is not knowledge but it does enable us to use our knowledge in the right way.

  2. WORKERS IN THE CHURCH. Jesus said to his disciples, "the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest."

  3. PRAY FOR THE BROTHER OR SISTER, WHO LIKE PETER, IS IN TROUBLE. When Peter was arrested and placed in prison, Christians me at Mary's house to pray for him. As a result of fervent prayer, Peter was released from jail to continue his work.

Continue steadfastly in prayer and pray specifically.

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