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Has someone asked you for prayer, and you prayed based on your understanding, then found out later the need was actually for something different?
I pray when others ask for general prayer. However, when the request is specific, I know how to specifically pray. Details are not needed; but clarity is appreciated.
I so appreciate one of our pastors, when someone came to him for prayer, he would ask specific questions to find out how they would like for him to pray.
God knows our every need and is never limited by our lack of communication skills or method of praying. I’ve had times all I could do was pray, “Help!” Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is there to translate every request.
Sometimes when I stumble through a prayer not sure really how to ask or what to ask, I take great comfort knowing the Holy Spirit is probably leaning over to God and saying, “This is what she means…”
I wonder if the times I throw up a prayer, or don’t come to God with more than a vague request, will I see how God is working and answering?
If a request is specific, I know when He’s specifically answered.
If I pray, “Please bless my friend” God’s blessings may come (and will come) in various ways, but will I even notice the answers?
If my request takes on a more direct manner, “Please bless my friend ______ with the blessing of opening their heart to know You as Lord and Savior,” I now have a tangible way to watch how God moves. By drilling down to understand what we are asking, we know better the true need and then later can see the ways God answers.
When you are able, ask specifically, record your request, and you too will be able to see the amazing ways God leads, provides, comforts, and works in your life and the lives of others.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6 (NASB)