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Jul 28 2017

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What if our prayers really mattered?

As I think about prayer, and praying the truth, I get excited thinking about the impact prayer has in my world. After reading Dutch Sheets book on prayer, I started to ask myself, “What if my prayers really mattered?” In joining Five Minute Friday, here are my five minutes on inspire.

What if our prayers really mattered?

What if our prayers really mattered?

Go.

What if the God of the universe inclined his ear when you spoke?

If he heard your words and acted?

Would that inspire you to pray?

Would it change your prayer life into a lifeline?

What if you began each day talking with God and listening and talking with him more and forgot to end the prayer but, instead, kept the conversation going throughout the day.

What if those prayers were answered right before your eyes?

Would prayer become a “get to” rather than a “have to” or “supposed to” part of your life?

I believe the God of the universe hears. That he inclines his ears to his beloved children. And as they pray in line with Scripture, he acts. He calls us to ask. He says there are things we have not simply because we didn’t ask. He listens. He hears. He responds.

When I think about that, I’m inspired to pray my heart with my mind on scripture. I pray for the many things that touch my heart.

Stop.

Praying scripture

When we read the Bible, we learn the truth about God, the truth about ourselves, and the truth about our lives. In addition to that, he reveals his will. When we connect God’s priorities to our lives and our prayers, we are assured of his provision. His provision isn’t a stamp of approval for our plans but for his plans. His provision isn’t a guarantee of ease but a promise for his supply—giving what we need to bring about his ultimate glory in eternity.

Praying truth about our world

As we learn to pray scripture, we learn how to pray about our world. Our world includes:

  • Our inner world (“God help me to be transformed by the renewing of my mind.” Romans 12:1-2)
  • Our intimate world including friends and family (“God, help ______ to forgive just as you do.” Ephesians 4:32)
  • Our work world (“God, help me to do all things without grumbling and arguing and reflect you well.” Philippians 2:14-15)
  • Our neighborhood, city, country, and beyond. (“God, give our president and government leaders wisdom to govern well.” 10 Scriptures to Pray for Our Nation and Our Leaders.)

If you don’t know what or how to pray for someone

Some ministry friends sent me a prayer update that included ideas “if you don’t know what to pray.” When I looked at the list, I knew I had to share them. They’re scripture-based prayer requests. When we pray these prayers for others, we’re praying the truth of what they need in their lives.

  • That we would strengthen ourselves in the Lord, by resting/abiding in him (Ephesians 6:10; John 15:5)
  • That we would strengthen ourselves in the power which His incredible might gives (Ephesians 6:10)
  • That God would give us a spirit of wisdom, a whole aura of understanding, that we might greatly grow in our knowing him as he reveals himself to us (Ephesians 1:17)
  • That our eyes would be opened even more to knowing the tremendous hope we have because of his calling us as his own – both us and our friends in Christ. (Ephesians 1:18)
  • That we will truly know the awesomeness of all that we have in him (Ephesians 1:18)
  • That we might really know intellectually and experientially his tremendous power that he has for us who believe in him (Ephesians 1:19)

When we pray the truth about our world, aligning ourselves with God’s will, we can be certain God hears and answers. 

Will you seek to pray the truth about your world?

Our world desperately needs our prayers. From our inner world to the ends of the earth, let the conversation begin with the Father and never end.

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The PARK Plan

If you’d like to find out how to pray the truth, sign up for my PARK Plan email series. PARK is an acronym for Pray Ask Rest Keep. After you sign up, you’ll receive a weekly email taking you through each step of the PARK Plan.

 

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  1. Carol

    Our prayers most definitely matter. I am so thankful that God hears us, and that His answers are for our good and His glory.

    1. Cheryl

      Yes. I’m so thankful too.

  2. Peter

    Thanks for sharing that, Cheryl! What if our prayers really mattered? What if God were really God?!? What if I were really me?!? Oh, wow! When I see my incapabilities, when I see God’s awesomeness – what in the world ever could keep me from total dependence on him expressed continually in prayer – dependence as you say for my inner world and for the world to the ends of the earth??? Thanks again!

  3. Cheryl

    Yes, total dependence on him expressed continually in prayer.
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