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Our church has been focusing a lot on prayer lately. Prayer has always been something I’ve wanted to improve in. It’s been a dream of mine to be able to pray like Ms. Clara in War Room, full of faith and confidence that God will answer each and every prayer that I pray.
Over the past few years, I’ve seen people band together in prayer only to have been told no or wait. And I guess that I’ve always been afraid that the prayers that I pray aren’t always in the will of God; because sometimes our will gets in the way of His desire to reach the world.
So, I don’t pray as I should. I don’t tell God the specifics of what I want, need or desire. Not because I don’t want to but rather because I don’t want to be hurt if His answer is ultimately no.
But then I heard a sermon a couple of weeks ago that reminded me of a very simple truth: God wants me to tell Him what’s on my heart. The specific wants, needs, and deep-seeded desires that I have. We were directed to Luke chapter 11 where Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray…
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
~1 Peter 5:7
“You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.”
“I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as much as he needs.”
Something that I needed to be reminded of is that not only does God want to hear from me He wants me to tell Him what’s on my mind. He wants me to tell Him what I want and to be persistent.
I’ve often read verses like Luke 11:8 and wondered if God gets a little frustrated if I keep asking and asking. Sort of like a worn-down parent, “I guess so!” But in reality, you just want some peace and quiet.
Our minister, Ralph, really put this in perspective for me. He said that God isn’t asking for us to wear Him down. If what I’m asking for is a true passion of mine I’ll naturally be persistent of that goal and will continue to persevere. Even when it’s hard.
I guess that I say all of this to remind myself (and hopefully encourage you) to pray that the desires of your heart be His will for your life and keep trusting Him to provide.
Until next time,