• Bishop Keith Butler

Pray Real Prayers

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way. (1 Samuel 12:23)

Surveys say that 90% of Americans pray. But what does that really look like? A lot of prayer is actually a bunch of religious nothingness.

For most people, prayer is merely saying, “God bless mommy” or “God bless daddy.” What does that sort of prayer ask for? What does someone mean when they pray like that?

Scriptural and effective prayer should be specific and consistent. If you’re praying for someone, don’t just say, "God bless them." One of the things you should pray for is that God would give them a revelation of how they should live. You can also pray protection over people you know by the blood of Jesus.

For those that don’t know Christ, you should pray that they are protected long enough to find out the truth and accept Jesus as Lord. Pray that God sends laborers into the harvest to share the Gospel with them. Pray for the eyes of their understanding to be enlightened.

Prayer is not a time to say religious phrases. It's a time to speak specifically to God, who hears and desires to answer our prayers. Specific prayers allow us to grow closer to God as we address the real needs of those we love.

Also, praying specifically helps us look for answers with faith. When someone prays a generic prayer of "blessing," how can they celebrate when the answer comes? They don't know what the answer looks like, so they can't really celebrate when it comes to pass. On the other hand, specific prayers produce an expectation based on faith.

Practical Application – Don’t allow yourself to get into a rut when you pray. Purposely think and pray with specifics for others.

Matthew 16:17; Job 16:21



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