Every Tuesday, several men from Calvary Baptist Church gather at The Pancake House restaurant for a weekly Prayer Breakfast. Along with the Fun – there is always someone who is the “target” of some good-natured fun – and Fellowship, we concentrate on two things: Prayer and Breakfast.
Most of the guys get the same thing to eat each week. Our servers know what we like, and at times, even recite our orders before we speak a word. But no matter what is ordered, there are questions: How do you want your eggs? What kind of meat do you want? Do you want toast or pancakes? What kind of toast? These little details do make a difference.
As I thought about our weekly Prayer Breakfast and the details that go into a satisfying meal, I thought about our Prayer Life. How detailed are we when we “make our requests known to God” (Philippians 4:6)? Do we pray in general terms and expect specific answers? Do we present “world-wide” kinds of prayers and then wonder why God does not provide detailed responses? Does God answer our prayers in the same way that we ask?
Let me encourage you to pray in the same way that you would request a meal. You know what you like/want/desire, and so, you ask your server to bring that to you. You know what you need, so ask God “who gives generously to all…” (James 1:7) to faithfully and specifically supply.
You may wonder how to do that. Here are some suggestions:
- Keep a Prayer List. List your requests, and also note how God answers each one.
- Pray daily. James reminds us, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16).
- Trust God to provide what you need – not what you want. Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).
- Talk to God as you would a Friend. Our Father wants to hear from us. He desires that we express our hearts to Him.
Jeremiah 33:3 encourages us: “Call unto me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” We have a Great God, and He wants to do Great Things in our lives.
Pastor Tom – Philippians 3:14