Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Specific prayer is often the target of Satan’s attacks because this type of prayer is the one which we often get confused about. Specific prayer can cause us to believe that we are praying selfishly. Today’s Scripture text is the key to defeating our foe on this. It says, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." We can ask for “all things” in prayer without guilt. First Timothy 2:8 says, “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” God is big and loving enough to give us whatever our hearts’ desire.
However, God expects honesty and sincerity in specific prayer, just as He does with systematic and spontaneous prayer. Being able to ask God for specific things is a blessing and benefit that comes with being a born again child of God. God honors specific prayer that honors Him. God does not honor specific prayer to fulfill the lusts of our flesh. God will not answer prayer for things which will strain our relationships with Him or hinder our service for Him.
Nehemiah prayed for several specific things, and God heard and answered his prayers. Specific prayer is rewarding if we follow God’s plan for prayer. Nothing pleases God more than to be able to reveal Himself to us by answering our prayers.
Specific prayer is the best way to see God in action. For the honor and glory of God, pray specifically and watch God reveal Himself to you as a God who hears and answers prayer.
"Specific prayer is the best way to see God in action."
- Posted by: Dr. Brenda Robinson