(I just looked at this and realized I had it scheduled in the PM instead of t his morning. Glad I caught it. So-o-o-o-here it is.)
I Chronicles 28:19
New International Version
“All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the LORD’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.”(referring to the plans for the temple that his son Solomon would build.)
Why don’t we, like David, ask for detailed guidance about what concerns us? Is it because we think that if we do it’s too easy to know whether our prayers have been answered or not? In other words, we can’t really be disappointed if we keep everything pretty general, right?
Shoot at a flock of birds all the time and you’re bound to hit one.
Let me explain that better.
I sometimes think we Christians pray too “general”. You know, like bless this, bless that. Bless this person and bless that person. We ask for guidance. But how many of us ask for specific things?
“Lord, I need your help in picking out paint colors today. I don’t want to make a mistake and spend more money correcting that mistake. I want to be wise with your money”
“Lord, I’m looking for a dress for my nephew’s wedding and I don’t want to spend a lot”.
There are countless examples throughout scripture where God gives detailed answers and explanations. God is interested in the specifics that concern us as well.
Here’s a little excerpt from a post I wrote when I first started this blog:
“The details of this blog get prayed about every day because this is such a steep learning curve for me. Just today I asked for detailed guidance about a specific issue. It has already been provided.”
Don’t be afraid to be specific.
Yes, when we pray in detail, it is easier to get disappointed. It’s easier to know whether our prayer has been answered or not, in the way we want. And when that happens, we just go back to the drawing board. We think through what we prayed.
It’s just plain safer.
Maybe we change our request, maybe we don’t.
Maybe there’s something in our lives getting in the way. God won’t answer our prayers if we’re engaged in continuous sin.
I’ve learned over the years I can go to God about absolutely anything. I never feel awkward about my prayers.
Be brave today. Ask for what you want to matter how specific. (By the way, I’m not referring to “things” nearly as much as people and circumstances.) I’m not saying you’ll always get it but that’s not the point. The point is the asking.
I mean that. The point really is in the asking. Why do you suppose that is?
People have addressed this issue of why we pray in many different ways. For me I pray for one reason:
Because Jesus said to pray.
That’s it. It’s that simple.
- We pray because we are told to pray.
- We pray because Jesus did.
We learn so much about ourselves when we pray. I pray out loud as you know if you’ve read my past posts. When I hear my words spoken in my own voice, it reveals a lot to me about me. I can hear the selfishness in my voice. I can hear the whining. I can hear the judgemental attitude.
Don’t be afraid to trust God with the details about what concerns you.
God bless and have a good day.
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