“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct.
Ask for what you need.
This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.
Matthew 7:7 The Message
When I think of specific prayers in the Bible , I can’t help but think of Joshua, the prophet in the Old Testament who commanded the sun and moon to stand still.
At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
“Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.
Joshua 10:12-13 ESV
And the two blind men Jesus healed in the New Testament.
Here it is;
“ And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him. ”
Matthew 20:29-34 ESV
Great stories right?
The first one illustrates what a specific prayer looks like and the second one breaks it down to us.
“What do you want me to do for you?”.
Isn’t it obvious what they wanted? Yet Jesus forced them to define exactly what they are asking from Him. Someone once said to me, “There is power in your words when praying”.
Jesus wanted those two men to verbalise their need not because Jesus didn’t know what they wanted; He wanted to make sure they knew what they wanted and also because it forces them to ask boldly, believing that Jesus is great to heal them of their blindness.
Don’t get me wrong. Yes, God is all knowing but there is something about specifying your requests. There is something about spelling out our needs that God finds delightful. Let’s see James 1:6-8
“Ask boldly, believing, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”
God does not answer vague prayers!
I recently came across this statement and it radically changed my prayer life. I was convicted of the many prayers I have prayed so vaguely! I have concluded that this is due to my lack of faith. My lack of faith has never allowed me to lay my true requests on the line afraid that God might not answer, so I gamble.
Imagine, if your sibling/friend/spouse/child came up to you and start waffling about something, babbling but not specific. Won’t that annoy you? Moreover, you will not only be annoyed but believe he or she does not know what they want. Yes?
Exactly! God does not have time for that guessing game! He is God Almighty! Whatever you need, ASK, BE SPECIFIC!
The more faith we have, the more specific our prayers will be. And the more specific our prayers are, the more glory God receives.
I don’t know about you but I want God to reveal His Glory in my life this year.
STOP SECOND-GUESSING GOD!
Jesus is asking you today: What do you want Me to do for you?
You need to answer that question today. Be specific. Change your pattern of prayer and be more specific. If it is healing you need, spell it out – DIABETES, CANCER.
It is time to STOP wandering in the wilderness like a lost child! Define your dream. Claim your promise. Spell your miracle.