3. Get Specific in Prayer (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

by | Jun 26, 2018

3. Get Specific in Prayer (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

by | Jun 26, 2018

If the content of your prayers are vague, general requests, you won’t be praying for very long. Or very often. If you want to pray seriously and strategically, you need to pray specifically.

Look at what Paul asks for in verse 10: “We pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith” He’s not just saying, “God, give the Thessalonians more faith.” He’s thought through what’s lacking in their faith. And he’s thought through how God could supply what’s lacking in their faith. And he’s come to the conclusion that him visiting would be the best solution. And so he prays for that: “We pray that we may see you face to face.”

That’s the kind of prayer that makes it easy to tell whether God answers or not. If he just prayed for God to give them more faith, how would he measure it? It would be completely subjective. Instead, Paul prays the kind of prayer that God answers or he doesn’t. Either Paul makes it to Thessalonica, or he doesn’t.

This is what will get you into prayer, and keep you coming back to prayer: praying for specific things, and keeping track of how God answers. There are many systems you could use to do that. I use the notes app on my phone, and I have a note for each day of the week. I have a note for family, leaders in the church, my community group and other people in the church, the friends and pastors and missionaries I know outside of our church, the unsaved people I know, and for myself. On each of these notes, I have a list of people, and then bullet points under each one with things I want to be praying for each person. When I hear that God answered one of those prayers, I simply type it in next to the request, and praise God for it.

You could use note cards, a 3-ring-binder, or even a spreadsheet if you’re one of those Excel geeks. It doesn’t matter what system you use, if you plan specific things to pray for and you keep track of how God has answered those prayers, you’re just going to pray more.

But there’s one last thing: you need to pray specifically about things you actually care about. That’s what we’ll see in tomorrow’s tip.

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