Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 18: A Way to Pray: Pray with Specific Requests

“What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied” (Luke 18:41).

"He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day." - John Bunyan

Johnny climbed up into Santa’s lap. “What do you want for Christmas?” Santa asked. In response, Johnny dug deep into the pocket of his jeans and pulled out a list.

“There are one hundred and fourteen presents that I want this year, Santa,” Johnny said very seriously. “First, I want a new video game. Then I want a toy airplane that flies with a remote control. I also want new sneakers and a new bike,” Johnny begin to list what he wanted with precise detail. The man inside the Santa suit sighed. He could tell he would be there for a long time.

When we talk to God, we should be like Johnny and pray with specific requests.

Recently, I was ministering at a church. A man with a bad back came up for prayer. When I asked him what he wanted prayer for he said, “Pray that my disability money will be enough to keep me going through the end of the month.” Instead of asking God for healing, he wanted a trivial miracle.

The blind man who came to Jesus knew exactly what he wanted. Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Lord, I want to see.” He could have asked Jesus for a silver coin or a word of blessing, and Jesus would have complied. But, because he asked Jesus for his sight, his whole life was changed.

Know what you want and be bold in asking God. If you pray a wishy-washy prayer, don’t be surprised if nothing happens. Give God a chance to work on your behalf and ask God for exactly what you need.