What you can ask God when you pray

There was a time when I didn’t know what to ask for myself during prayer time. I knew that I should pray for others first and I did that but when it came to my own prayer requests, I would draw a blank. I wanted to be humble and I thought that not asking for anything was a good way of showing humbleness. Then I read the verse that said that we don’t ask so we don’t receive. It sounded basic at first but the more I meditated on it the more profound its meaning became. It first signified that we are supposed to ask for things. That revelation changed the way I prayed. I continued to pray for others first but I also had a list for myself. I didn’t want the list to be too materialistic or too trivial so I spent time in God’s Word looking for items to put on my list.

 

During my quest for the best prayer requests I did what I could to find what God wanted me to have on that list. Then it dawned on me that I could ask for what the Lord said I could or I should be like. I noticed that He often said to not worry, to be thankful all the time, to rejoice always and to live in peace that surpasses all understanding. My prayer was to be more like that. My prayer was to turn into a spitting image of God’s depiction of the believer in His Word. What He said I should be like is what I wanted the most. My desire was to have it all. If God said I could have it, I was yearning for it. One of my deepest prayers was to become a prayer warrior.

 

“Pray at all times” is a command that the Lord gives us knowing that it is something we can do. I wanted it with every fiber in my being but it sounded like a lot of work and I felt like it was for other people and not for me. When I brought it up to Lord in prayer, it became possible. I opened myself up to the idea. I submitted a request believing that God would hear me and eventually it came to pass. Prayer turned out to be one of my favorite things to do and to this day it’s a joy to spend as much time in prayer as possible. Pray for prayer, friend. Pray for peace. Pray for joy. Pray for more love. Pray to be more like the way the Lord has designed you to be. Pray to be more in sync with the Spirit of God. Pray that you can let go of what is hindering your prayer life. It is a very legitimate request. Pray that you become more sensitive to the voice of God. Pray that you praise more. Pray that you worship more. The Holy Spirit will assist you with your prayer request but you will need to meet Him half way and show that you sincerely desire what you are asking. Enjoy your prayer time!

Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 16:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-27; 1 John 5:14

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