” And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” Matthew 6:7 NIV
Read: Matthew 6:5-15
You have heard the old adage; ‘Be careful of what you pray for.’ This may be very true. But, allow me to share with you something even more true. Be careful of how you pray.
We often pray for things that are like a buffet of multiple answers. If you have a problem or a situation, do you pray asking GOD: “Please tell me what to do”?
Do you really expect GOD to send you a page by page instruction book of all HE wants you to do to solve your situation? Or do you expect HIM to send you a simple to follow list of one or two steps? GOD does not complicate HIS answers. We do.
How about using the brain GOD gave you guided by HIS HOLY SPIRIT inside you to come up with the very best solution. A very specific prayer can be answered with a very specific answer. A very specific answer is simple and easy to understand. A well worded prayer can be answered by GOD with a simple yes or no.
General prayers usually get general answers. Very specific prayers get very specific answers. In order to hear GOD’S answer to your prayer, you have to listen. And always…always…start your prayer with thanking GOD.
Today’s prayer: “Thank YOU, LORD MY GOD, for listening to my jumbled prayers. Help me be specific in expressing my needs and wants. I will listen carefully for YOUR perfect answers. Amen.”