In last month’s article, “Praying More Effectively, Part I,” we discussed the power of forgiveness and repentance, and what it truly means for us to be a clear channel for God to use. As we continue this journey on learning the art of effective prayer, we want to look at what it means to BE SPECIFIC in our praying.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24 KJV)
Specific prayers get us specific results. Often times as Christians, we pray general prayers in hopes that something will happen simply because we asked God to help us out a little in what we decided about a matter before we ever presented it to Him. Oftentimes, it feels good to the conscience to know that you have prayed and acknowledged God. But that’s not how the Father instructs us to pray which is targeted, bold, direct, and in faith! Now there isn’t anything terribly wrong or damaging with praying in generalities at times. However, we have to come to grips with the fact that our faith is not general. It is both targeted and specific. And if we are ever going to show forth our faith by our works, we are going to have to get specific in our asking.
Specific prayers get us specific results.
Faith requires corresponding action, one of those actions being expectation. How can you expect something that you don’t define? You won’t. It is nearly possible.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8 KJV)
Asking in faith requires us not to waver. When faith settles down on the inside and becomes resolute within the human heart, it becomes ready and able to then pray the prayer of faith. This is praying effectively!
As mentioned last month, “If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God,” (1 John 3:21 NASB). This passage goes on to say that when we pray this way, “whatever we ask, we receive.” There is a difference attributed to prayer when it is made in this way. Why? Well, we see here clearly that it was both a settled heart and specific asking that were highlighted characteristics of prayer.
What man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? … How much more will your Father who is in Heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:9-11)
As children of an amazing Father, we have an incredible advantage available to us. Our posture is not that of beggars and servants, nor of those with no relationship with their God. We are God’s children and our Father is ever ready to give us good gifts by answering our prayers. As long as our fellowship is in tact, we have a clear, unhindered channel to our Daddy’s throne. He is waiting to respond to the cries of his sons and daughters in unbroken fellowship, love, and mercy.
As long as our fellowship is in tact, we have a clear, unhindered channel to our Daddy’s throne.
Specific prayers don’t frighten God. They challenge us to release our faith in His ability. Before we can even mouth our petitions, He already knows what we are going to ask. He lives between our life’s secrets and the intentions of our heart. When our lives agree with Him, in word and in deed, our asking becomes His own. Talk about agreement! From this posture, we pray pinpoint, blameless prayers that are full of faith. This three-fold cord of purity, specificity, and consistency begins to bring about answers to prayer like that spoken of by the writer in Psalm 126. He speaks of The Lord answering Israel’s petition to be restored from captivity. He says that they were like “those who dream.” You are going to begin receiving answers to prayer that you haven’t even dreamed of!
You are going to begin receiving answers to prayer that you haven’t even dreamed of!
Be inspired today. Believe again. Keep the faith. Your answer is on the way. Stay aligned. Stand still and see the salvation of our God. Answers to prayer are coming into fruition just for you. Fear not. Only believe!