How To Pray For What You Need
Who can you always count on to ask for help when you need something?
Family, friends and church can be helpful sometimes, but if we’re honest with ourselves, they might not always know how to help. They may even be dealing with some pressing problem in their life, making them unavailable to us.
Maybe you’ve counted on prayers for healing and strength from church in the past, but now it’s starting to feel like going to church is just a routine. It’s not because God is some poor genie trapped in the building. He cannot be contained inside of four walls nor is he predictable. He’s great and powerful; at the same time, he intimately knows our fears, our joys, our disappointments, our wishes and our requirements.
So why, you may ask, do we need to pray? Is it good to engage in prayers for healing and strength? To answer these questions, let’s talk about what prayer means and how to pray.
Prayer is simply a conversation with the Divine. As with any conversation, talking and listening are involved. God wants to speak with you and you’ll feel more at ease speaking with God, if you believe in him and live a spiritual life. This doesn’t mean exuding spirituality all the time, but a firm belief in him and what’s written in the Bible will strengthen you and bring joy to your life in ways you may not have thought possible.
Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Here’s the key really. When you’re in love with God, he’ll give you what you want. He loves to lavish gifts on his kids. Since he knows you intimately, more than you know yourself, he’ll drop hints of your deepest desires into your heart. The more time you spend listening to him, the more he’ll tell you.
Question is, are you ready to receive these God-given desires in your life? Do you want to receive answers to your prayers for healing and strength? You see, with blessing comes burden. What this means is like what Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker in Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
Jesus’ words from the parables give a further clue: “To whom much has been given, much will be expected.” God will never turn his back on you, but if we engage with him only when we want something and pray for it, it’s like speaking with our neighbors only when we want to borrow something or ask a favor. You need to be friends with them all the time and offer to help them if they need it.
How to pray can be explained by saying how NOT to pray. Don’t just pray asking for that new car you want. DO pray asking for guidance on how to achieve being in a position to get that car. This might lead to God making you aware that you must make some sacrifices, make some life choices and save more money than you already do.
Another example is when you or someone you love is sick. Engaging in prayers for healing and strength, you want to ask God to make them better. You can ask God to heal them, but don’t stop there. Pray for strength to endure the sickness, wisdom of doctors and nurses, and the belief to enable recovery.
Here is an excerpt from prayers for healing and strength I’ve written in my book, The Queens Journal:
“Dear God, you are Yahweh-Rapha, the Lord Who Heals. You are close to the broken-hearted and you save those who are crushed in spirit. You see all the emotions and wounds we carry in our body. You know how to heal us. I am allowing you to touch the secret places of hurt brought on by mistreatment, abuse, sin and shame. Help me to open myself up to process the pain and inject the truth. Through it all, help me to know your love and healing by direct experience.”
Since praying is talking with God, remember to thank him for the good things in your life and in the world. Prayers for healing and strength are powerful when gratitude is present. Like with anybody else, God is more likely to listen when our hearts are filled with thanks. If you just ask him to help you when you need it and only pray on these occasions, don’t be surprised if your prayers appear to be unanswered. They may have been heard, but he’s dropping you a hint to connect deeper and be centered on Him.
To connect deeper with God, it’s best to find a quiet time to be still. You can sit outside, listen to the sounds of nature and enjoy the scenery. Or you can sit inside, listen to your own thoughts and talk. This time can be your personal sanctuary from stress and stormy situations in your life. When you get to the point of being uncomfortable enough to reach out and cling to God, He will hold you to Him and walk you through everything you have to face. This is all prayer, and it’s immensely powerful.
A spiritual life and regular prayer, beyond prayers for healing and strength, will give you huge benefits provided by God. Peace, love, joy, healing and strength are the starting points for living a meaningful life ripe with purpose and passion.
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