Specific Prayers

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When you go to the grocery store, you bring a list of what you need.

When you renovate your kitchen, you draw a set of plans.

When you plan a budget, you create a spreadsheet with spending categories and list expenses.

When you write a book, you do research and create an outline.

Prayer should not be any different.

What are you praying for? What promises in the Word of God are you applying to your situation? Find them using a study Bible, concordance, or an online resource such as Bible Gateway, then write them down in your journal and refer to them often.

What miracle do you need?  Be specific. Who, what, when, where? If you pray general prayers, you may have trouble discerning whether God has answered them or if the provision is just a coincidence.

Dear Lord, I need a job… What kind of job? Would you like it to be close to home? What kind of hours? Should it pay enough to meet your financial needs or do you just need extra spending cash?

Dear Lord, bring reconciliation to our family.Who needs to be reconciled to whom? Do you want the families to spend holidays together again? Go on vacations together?  What does unity look like to you?

Don’t be afraid to pray specific prayers and share your desires with God. He wants to hear about what matters to you. God may not answer it exactly the way you present it to Him, but He will answer, and He may even surprise you.

A Prayer…

Dear Lord, I believe You have placed _______________________________ in my heart. Show me Your desire for it and how I can specifically pray. I have some ideas, but I pray not my will but Your will to be done in this, so that You may get all the glory…

For You and Your Child…

Today’s challenge is to be specific. Help your child make a list of the things that they would like to pray about in your journal. Ask them questions to draw out the details of their prayer requests. Little ones at different ages and different personalities differently but encourage them to put it all out there. If your kids practice doing this now and they will create a habit of casting their care on HIM.

This post is Day 10 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.