Add to Your Asking
The most basic kind of prayer is asking for something for yourself. It is quite natural. The New Testament even encourages it quite a bit: “Ask, and it shall be given…For everyone who ask, receives,” “You have not because you ask not,” “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.” Then there are a couple of stories where someone is so persistent and obnoxious that they end up getting what they keep asking for.
This is where the discussion arises – “Does prayer really work?” So if I ask God for stuff or to do something for me, does he actually hear me and do it? Does he intervene in my life story when I want him to? It doesn’t take much life experience to deduce that in reality, it really doesn’t work this way, at least not as often as we would like. If we are honest, I think we could all come up with quite a list of unanswered prayers.
Why is this?
Instead of answering this question, I would encourage you to move beyond just asking in your praying. Or bettery yet….instead of “move beyond” I should use “add to”…..as a tree adds rings to itself, the core of the tree is always there. So add to your asking other kinds of praying and see what happens. (you can find creative ideas on how to do this by clicking on the MENU tab above)
Spend more time praising God for who he is…what his character is like.
Spend more time thanking God for the evidences of grace that you seen him scatter about
Spend more time marveling at this beautiful world he has placed us in
Spend more time blessing others that you encounter on your journey.
Spend more time in silence, simply enjoying the presence of your Beloved.
These kind of prayer are also encouraged in the Bible through verses such as: ”
- Abide in me and I in you,”
- “Come to me and I’ll give you rest,”
- “Meditate in the night watch” and
- “Be still and know that I am God”
After you have made a habit of adding these to your asking, ask yourself “Does this kind of prayer work?”
The answer is an undeniable YES! It doesn’t change circumstances so much as it changes YOU.