Devotionals

Serious Prayer

by Dr. Brenda Robinson
April 23, 2012
Dr. Brenda Robinson

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

As we close our study on prayer, let’s look at the final type of prayer found in Nehemiah. Nehemiah’s prayer was a serious prayer. All of our prayers, whether they be systematic, spontaneous or specific, should be serious. If we would only pray seriously, instead of worriedly, then we could have the same confidence in prayer that Nehemiah had.

We must put aside all of our doubts, fears and confusions about how to pray properly and focus on the positive, serious side of prayer. If we pray at all, we are praying correctly in God’s eyes. It pleases God when we sacrifice our time to talk with and trust Him in prayer.

To pray seriously simply means to recognize God as the Father, Jesus as the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. Jesus gave His life for our sins so we could have access to the Father. His Holy Spirit guides us in prayer. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Serious prayer requires us to set time aside each day to steal away somewhere to pray, meditate, and worship. Serious prayer consists of praying for the needs of others over our own needs, and praying consistently until we’ve seen results. Serious prayer is at its best when we can get on our knees before God just to praise Him and thank Him for all He has blessed us with.

Let’s be like Nehemiah and get serious with God in prayer.

"Serious prayer is at its best when we can get on our knees before God just to praise Him and thank Him for all He has blessed us with."

Comments

Jamie Britt 09:28 AM Wed, Apr 28, 2010

Brenda, thank you for this study. I've never really thought about the types of prayer. You've really opened my eyes to a lot of things. I feel like I was praying a systematic prayer so often. Now, I'm going to start praying seriously and spontaneously. I'm going to pray through until I have the victory over my situation. Again, thank you for your study. Also, thank you for praying for my family and the situation on a daily basis. It's a comfort to know that you have others praying and standing in the gap with you. I just love you!

Susie Crum 05:20 PM Wed, Apr 28, 2010

Thanks Brenda for this study; I agree we need to pray until we have the Victory, and I have learned that when I pray for others then He answers my needs as well too;He loves Obedience Love you alll bunches

inimfon 04:19 PM Sun, Aug 07, 2011

pls pray 4 me abt skul

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