What Do I Pray For? Part 1 of Prayer III

What do I pray for?  I’ve looked at my concept of God, and I accept that God loves me, wants me to love him, and rewards those who seek him. I’ve discussed belief. Now what do I, or should I pray for?

Everything. Yes, pray for everything on my heart, everything that troubles me, everything that causes me anxiety, everything that I think I need, everything that angers me, everything that causes me joy. Everything. All of it. When I have the thought, ‘what do I pray for?’ I should take it all to God. Let him help me sort out and help me see the really important. Let him teach me how to align who I am with who he wants me to become. Transformation experience begins with regular prayer.

Outcomes and Considerations: The answer is yes. I must remember to thank him.

  • What I ask deviates from his will for me. If I continue, he will teach me his will and what he wants me to see and learn.
  • The timing does not align with my maturity or the other circumstances and people that need to align. I must not give up. I must keep praying.
  • What I want interferes with his plan and intentions for others. I will pray for wisdom and ask how I can help serve his will.
  • Sometimes for the answer to prayer, God must remove a whole mountain range not just my personal mountain. I will continue and pray for patience, understanding, and direction
  • Frequently, I don’t recognize the answer because I focus too much on the method or the how or a very narrow specific outcome. I’ll ask for the ability to recognize his answer when it comes, and ask him to help me let go of narrow specific expectations, open myself to his will, and expect possibly something better.

So if someone asks me, what do I pray for or what should I pray for. I’ll tell them, everything. Take it all to God.

What I Pray for Defines my Relationship with God and My Relationship with God Defines what I Pray for

My relationship with God defines the all encompassing purpose of prayer. Whatever I pray for myself or others, I ‘pray through it.’ Band aids on the problem, a temporary solution, or just an answer to the immediate need depend too much on the wisdom of man rather than the power of God. Praying though means letting go of common sense or the wisdom of man and depending on God’s miraculous power. Make sure “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV

If I seek a band aid and then I probably won’t receive an answer. Prayer does not work like magic for me to use in order to get what I want, so I go along and continue doing what I want. Often prayer means transformation to fulfill God’s given purpose. Always prayer will change me, so that even if my life seems the same, I will see it differently.

There may be some sin in my life that needs confession and repentance. I may not see it at first. Praying the General Confession can help as a starting point to make me aware of something blocking my relationship with God.

Prayer means moving forward in my relationship with God. The immediate pressing need or circumstance wakes me up. I need to pay attention and step on the stone, to the next one, and the next. I must ask for the lesson. Speak Lord. The relationship and moving beyond the immediate teaches me the real function of prayer. I will pray for my need and the needs of others as related to praying through the immediate and moving closer to God. Oswald Chambers calls this ‘praying through.’

Remember the passage some call God’s phone number: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” – Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

I’ll continue this discussion on what do I pray for on Thursday.

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