Are your prayers scattered with hopefully maybes, or are they laser-specific with expectation?
First, it’s vital we understand the power of our words. They hold the potential for miracles.
If you are going before the Creator to petition Him, don’t you think you should know exactly what it is you’re asking for? How about if God grants the desires of your heart – are you ready to receive it? Better yet, will you even know and acknowledge receiving it?
Maintaining a prayer journal is powerful. It shows God you are serious about your prayer requests, and that you fully expect Him to answer your prayers. God’s not offended by the level of expectancy. It’s praying for “stuff” outside of God’s desires for you that are unfruitful. How are we to know what God wants for us? Simple. He will place the desires in your heart.
Make a list. Pray to know what God wants you to pray about. When He places it on your heart, write it down. This isn’t the childish hopes come Christmas time. Your list is serious business. If you don’t take it serious, why should He?
Do you know how to pray? This isn’t to be insulting, but again, is serious business. God doesn’t want pompous ceremony or mindless chants. He wants you to open your heart to Him. God already knows the condition of your heart, so why try to hide anything from Him. It is those secret compartments containing unconfessed sin that actually limit your ability to communicate with God. Empty them.
There is no secret formula or repetitive prayer to say. This isn’t rubbing the magic lamp. Just talk to Him like you would a trusted friend, a parent or your spouse. Don’t use pious, religious-sounds words you don’t understand – God speaks your language.
Please try this. Download our free gift. It’s a printable Prayer Journal. Start by asking God what it is that you should be praying about. He will answer you, so expect it. Write down what / who you are to pray for. Then throughout the day, check on your list as a reminder, and pray for that intention. Carve out prayer time.
Here’s the biggie – once God answers your prayer check it off in your journal and write the date it was answered. Show honor to Him by realizing He, who created life itself, cares enough about you to answer your prayer. Then, once you gain the boldness to share prayer with others, you can show them your list of answered prayers.
Here’s a few scriptural references on asking God in prayer:
13-And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14-If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. 15-If you love Me, you will keep My commandments – John 15:13-15
You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will remain–so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. – John 15:16
In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. Truly, truly, I tell you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. – John 16:23
Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete – John 16:24