A loving Father who has the best of plans for His children wants you to be specific about your needs. All though that is not an obligation, it helps a lot to place us at the right place we had always wanted to be.
Sometimes Christians wonder how God will give them the exact thing they need in life. And so overlook it when praying to Him.
Today, I’m here to remind you that, sometimes God wants you to tell him the exact thing you need. If you are living in doubt concerning this — then stay calm. I will blend this post with helpful Bible verses to spice your prayer request with new ingredients/approaches.
What Do You Need God To Do For You This Year?
If you attended Church service on the 31st night, then surely you made some noise into the ears of God. What was it about?
Your breakthrough or liberation from all the pains, shame, and suffering you have been going through. You surely told God about the things you need. That sounds perfect.
And then again, we move around with a long list of New Year resolutions. In fact, God is also interested in that list. Give it to him through prayers and believe in Him.
God knows you need this and that. But he wants you to seek His Kingdom first and all other things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). This promise is trustworthy.
Our needs are numerous. God knows it all. Yet He says we should pray and ask Him. Yes, be specific about the things you need. But before you go down on your knees, you must acknowledge one or two things.
1. You can’t put God into a compulsion to do your will. He is not a genie that fulfills wishes.
2. Understand that if your request meets His perfect will —then the exact answer will come. If not then He has a better plan or reason. Just trust Him.
3. Your faith might be tested.
4. Be ready to endure all the hardships that will crop up in your life. Long-suffering is part of the Christian lifestyle.
5. Never think of ceasing to pray. (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Keep on knocking. Then allow this acronym to inspire you: P U S H
P — PUSH
U — UNTIL
S — SOMETHING
H — HAPPENS
So in faith, you must keep on asking God. Persistence in pray is very necessary.
What Can I Do For You? —Jesus Asks
Now if we go through the Bible we can see that Jesus once ask blind Bartimaeus
“What do you want me to do for you?”
Although Jesus knew Bartimaeus can’t see but he asked him to tell him the exact thing he needs.
“Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Rabbi, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the road.” (John 10:51 – 52)
It is your turn now. Don’t always tell God: “Oh Lord you know all my troubles so please help me.” Yes, He knows it all but you have to tell Him and back your request with faith.
Don’t be alarmed; your long list of prayer requests isn’t going to bore Jesus or make him feel tired. At the right time, He will raise you from the mire. He is not a genie that deals with fulfilling people’s wishes. At the right time…
Feel confident and present your request to him. Jesus said if you ask anything in his name he will do it. So what is that thing you want him to do for you? Mention it in your prayers.
The Holy Spirit Intercedes For Us
Yes! Sometimes trouble overwhelms us that we even find it difficult to speak to God. This is when the Holy Spirit intervenes. The body and the mind become too weak to speak to talk. The Spirit then takes control.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the saints according to God’s will.” (Romans 8:26 – 27).
I want you to take a good look at the last sentence. Did you see “God’s will” there? Yes, this is what I talked about in the early paragraphs of this post.
If you asked God for a husband, wife, healings, good health, etc, this month or this year and nothing has happened —don’t be disappointed. His will for you will always find you at the right time.
Don’t bother your finite mind trying to understand God’s ways or thoughts; It will explode! Keep quiet and trust Him. He created everything and holds them together by His power.
Show Some Gratitude
Instead, of lamenting “Oh God I’ve waited for too long” and blah blah blah — praise His Holy name. Just like King David; even in difficult times, he sings to praise the Lord and recalls His mighty works.
Look at all the little things the Lord has done for you and be grateful. You may have been dead by now. How much do you pay for the oxygen you take in?
He will surely accomplish what He started with you. Your prayers never waste in the sight of the Lord. The book of Revelation says our prayers are sweet incense in golden bowls in front of the Lord (Revelation 5:8).
If you have asked God for bread, he will not give you a stone. If you have asked him for fish, he will not give you a snake. Whatever good thing you have asked the Lord —he will do it in Jesus’ name. (Matthew 7:11)
He is a loving father who will give out the best things to his children. He sent His only son to die for our sins. What again will he withhold from us? Oh, you of little faith… Be grateful and hopeful. Soon new doors will open for you. Amen!