I believe that prayer is a major part of the Christian lifestyle. Through prayer, we connect with God in a way that satisfies His heart and strengthens our relationship and faith in Him and His Word.
With all that said, I believe, however, that to reach a point where you feel completely confident in Christ and in His Word, your prayer life needs to be stronger.
And how do you strengthen your prayer life?
By praying specific prayers.
When I first felt guided to write this devotional all I had was the title, “Why Praying Specific Prayers Matter”
This came to me as I remembered a prayer I made specifically and how God has strengthened my relationship with Him and I have grown much more in my spiritual walk through that prayer.
So why does praying specific matter?
First of all, praying specific prayers matter because when our answer comes, it builds faith and trust that God heard us and that we can have the confidence to really come to Him and know He will answer us.
James 1:5-8 says, “But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you. But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind. Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the LORD.”
When I think of specific prayers, I’m reminded of all those in the Bible that prayed specifically, and when I think of the subject of seeking God through specific prayer I am reminded of Gideon.
In Judges 6:11 we meet Gideon. Right from the start, we see that Gideon, although he felt that he was weak, had the biggest courage to be specific with God.
“The angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and said, ‘The LORD is with you, mighty warrior!’ Then Gideon said, ‘Sir, if the LORD is with us, why are we having so much trouble? Where are the miracles our ancestors told us He did when the LORD brought them out of Egypt? But now He has left us and handed us over to the Midianites.” (Judges 6:12-13)
“The LORD turned to Gideon and said, ‘Go with your strength and save Israel from the Midianites. I am the one who is sending you.’ But Gideon answered, ‘LORD, how can I save Israel? My family group is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.’ The Lord answered him, ‘I will be with you. It will seem as if the Midianites you are fighting are only one man.” (Judges 6:14-16)
In this short passage, we see that not only did Gideon speak to the LORD specifically but that he also had the confidence and faith to bring all of his doubts and worries to the LORD because he knew that the LORD would answer him and give him peace and confidence.
Through Gideon’s specific requests the LORD blessed him, his family, his tribe, and his nation.
The LORD called Gideon, and He calls us too.
Praying specific prayers enable us to develop and strengthen our relationship with God because we give Him the opening to dialogue with us and through that He gives us peace, confidence, and encouragement.
After Gideon had that conversation with the LORD he “built an altar there to worship the LORD and named it The Lord Is Peace.” (Judges 6:24).
We can have that same peace, courage, and strong relationship with God when we begin to pray specific, listen and really seek God for His answer and not doubt that we will hear from Him.
So Let me encourage you today. Are you praying specific prayers to God? Are you taking all of your fears and your worries to the LORD? Are you asking, seeking, and knocking?
“Ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened.” Mathew 7:7-8
So remember Gideon today in your prayer time, because he asked, he sought, and he knocked on that door and God gave him the peace, courage, strength, and direction he needed and I strongly believe the LORD will do the same for all those who genuinely are seeking out His will through prayer.
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*Featured Photo Updated 10/16/19
*Article Updated 10/19/19