This week I will be talking about Elijah and prayer. I will only be posting Mon-Wed this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The post today regarding Elijah I want to talk about Elijah and specific requests in his prayers. Elijah was one who prayed specifically let us look at an example. 1 Kings 17:21 – 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him.”
Here are just one example of Elijah praying specifically for what He wanted to see the Lord do. The Lord did it and raise the child to life. Another example for Elijah and his prayers we see that he declared or prayed very specifically for there not be rain, not even dew. Later then after the drought he also prayed specifically for rain and again the Lord answered.
Let me tell you that I believe that the most ineffective prayers are mostly the ones that are nonspecific. You know the type I am talking about the: …bless my family, or the …be with me today or the bless all the missionaries. I began to think about why we do not pray specifically. Maybe we have a tendency to not pray specifically because we do not want to look foolish if is not answered. Maybe we have a tendency to not pray specifically because we are lazy and it would take too long.
When we pray vague and unspecific prayers we never really know if or how God answered them. We never give God a chance to tell us yes,no, or not now. We need to tell God what it is that we really want from him, exactly what we want to see Him do. The Psalmist tells us, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” in Psalm 62:8. When we simply pray, “Okay, God, your will be done” we really are not pouring out our hearts to Him. I think we need to be pouring out our hearts to Him and then also being able to say at the same time, “Your will be done.” Do you truly pour out your heart to God?
So let me encourage you to be praying specific prayers to God. Lay out before God what you want to see happen in the circumstance or in the situation or in the life that you are praying for. When you do this, you will be able to tell if God is giving you what it is your are praying for specifically or if God is giving you are partial answer or if God is simply just telling you no. The thing is that even when you get the no answer you can have a sense of confidence knowing that you have poured out your heart to God and that His will is being done!
Let us pray specifically for what we want to see God do as we pour out our heart before Him and watch what God will do and grow in confidence in prayer and its power as God tells us yes, no, and no now.
Do you pray specific prayers? Do you pour your heart out before God?