Pray Specifically

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I am sure that you are all aware of the many references to prayer  in the Bible. For instance, the Bible says that prayer is commanded (Is. 55:6, Matt 7:7, Phil 4:6),  and that there are incentives to pray (Is. 65:24, Amos 5:4, Luke 11:9-10).  Beyond this, there are postures in prayer like standing (I Kings 8:22), bowing down (Psalm 95:6), kneeling (2 Chron 6:13) , spreading of hands (Is. 1:15), and lifting of hands (Ps 28:2).  I could have used many more scripture verses for these examples and I could quote many verses  to answer the questions of what,  when, where, why and how of prayer. 

What’s my point here?  Well, for me, I must become more of a person of prayer.  If the Bible gives so many references to pray, and by the way I stopped counting at 100 references, then prayer MUST become a greater part of my life.  How important do you believe prayer should be in your life?  If you are saying “but I don’t know what to pray ,” I hope to encourage and help you a little bit.

 I was reading Genesis 20 a few mornings ago and this passage is the second instance in which Abraham lies to a king by claiming Sarah (his wife) was his sister.  In verse 6 God says to Abimelech, “…I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. Now therefore restore the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live.” Verse 17 then says, “… Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimelech…”  To me, this is a great example of the importance of praying for one another.

Then I read Genesis 24 and this is where Abraham’s servant is instructed to go find a wife for his son Isaac.  The servant prays, “…may she be the one whom You have appointed  for Your servant Isaac…”  I think this to be a good example of praying specifically. 

So if you have an issue with not knowing what to pray for I suggest you pray for people around you and to pray specifically.

The question for all of us becomes, do we wish we prayed more?  If we answer yes to that question, then the next question before us is, then why don’t we?  Brothers and sisters may we be a people who pray more. 

-Dave Magelssen