Wise Prayers

Wise Prayers

Are your prayers pleasing the Lord? What kind of prayer pleases God? How sincere and deep are your prayers? Are you praying at all? The quantity and the quality of your prayers may give you an idea of the kind of relationship that you have with God. Is it a close relationship or a mere acquaintance? Think of how often you talk to the people that are closest to you, the people that you love the most. Think of how open and honest you are with them and how genuine your conversations are. They know so much about you because you choose to tell them and you allow them to know your innermost thoughts. They know your weaknesses and your struggles, your strengths and your dreams. How much more genuine and sincere should your communication be with your heavenly Father? The quality of our prayers suffers because of our lack of understanding and conviction about Whom we are praying to and what exactly are we doing when we come to our Lord in prayer.

Who are we praying to? We must understand Whose throne we are approaching. He is “The Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13). He is the One who spoke the world into existence. The One with the power to end this world or prolong our lives. He is the God whose presence our eyes would not be able to bear. He deserves all the honor, respect and reverence that we can give Him. Do you fully concentrate on the prayers or do you start to think about other things while you approach the throne of God in prayer?

How often do we pray? When we are in love with someone we want to talk to him or her all the time. We miss expressing ourselves to that person and telling them how our day went. Do you find yourself praying for your food only? Or when you gather with other brothers and sisters?

How often do you pray alone? 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray continually. We should pray to God at every chance we get. Remember that prayer is for our benefit! We are not doing God a favor by praying. Rather He helps us when we come to Him in prayer.

How do we pray? God is pleased by a sincere prayer not a superficial conversation. He does not want to be talked to as if He was a stranger in our life. He does not want rehearsed prayer in order to impress others or fancy words that will make you sound spiritual (Matthew 6:5-8). He wants to hear your honesty, your desire to repent and your plead for mercy. God wants you to be real with Him; we can not fool Him anyway!

What or who do we pray for? We must pray not only for our daily necessities and for each other, but also for those who persecute us. How often do you pray for your boss or those in authority? (1 Timothy 2:1-2) We should be praying for their salvation instead of holding a grudge or gossip about them. God wants us to bless them and pray for those who wrong us (Romans 12: 14). Prayer is a privilege, let’s take advantage of it and honor God with it. J


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MONDAY: Pray before reading the Scriptures. Ask the Lord to reveal to you His will and to give you understanding as you study His word. Read Daniel 6. What type of man was Daniel? Why was he a blessed man? How often do you find yourself in prayer? Do you have a set time and place to pray? What have you learned from this example? Write down some of your insights. Apply the word of the Lord today (Matthew 7:24). J

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TUESDAY: Read Ephesians 6:18. What does it mean to pray in the Spirit? What should we be praying for? What does Paul mean by “be alert” or ” watchful”? Should we be perceptive of other people’s needs and pray for them? Who should we not neglect praying for? Read 1 Samuel 12:19-24. What did Samuel consider a sin? Do you often find yourself praying for the people of God? Did you ever think that the lack of praying for the saints was considered to be a sin? What has God taught you in these verses? Apply the word of the Lord today. J

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WEDNESDAY: Read Matthew 5:43-48. Are we to love only those who love us? What should we be doing for those who persecute us? Do you find yourself praying for those who mistreat you? Do you often pray for their salvation? Do you pray for God to have mercy on them? How do you respond to those who mistreat you? Do you allow the love of God to flow through you when being cursed? What has God taught you in these verses? Apply the word of the Lord today. J

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THURSDAY: Read James 4:1-3. Do you pray with pure motives? Do you pray for things that would glorify God in your life? Do your prayers reflect that of a godly man or of a worldly man? What has God taught you in these passages of Scriptures? Write down your insights. By the way: do not forget to pray for mercy each and every day! J

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FRIDAY: Read Luke 18:1-8. What is the point of this parable? Have you been persistent in prayer? Read James 5:15-16. What type of prayers brings about healing? Do you pray believing or doubting? See James 1:6-7. What has God taught you in these passages? Apply the word of the Lord today. J

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  1. Pray with your family every morning and evening. Pray for the spiritual wellbeing of your children and spouse as well as for yourself. Ask God to bless your family and pray that you would be a source of encouragement to your household as well as to those in the world who need Jesus. Doing this consistently will help train your children to be people of prayer. J

During these stressful times, we want to offer our prayers and encouragement to any who are interested. Our leaders are available to help, please let us know by emailing info@nulllicoc.org.