Hey! We made it to the end of Week 2. And what a great week it’s been! Don’t you think?
We’ve spent time marinating on the truth that:
- The Lord is as near as our next breath
- We can release all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us
Today, we’ll learn that it’s time to take action! Are you ready?
In Chapter 6, Max says,
“Peace happens when people pray.”
He then goes on to reference Philippians 4:6:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I’m going to be real with you. I usually have no problem making my requests known to God, but sometimes my prayers can become routine and broad, rather than intimate and specific.
During those times I find myself praying broad things like:
- "Soften my heart"
- "Give me patience"
- "Take this anxiety away"
When instead, I could be praying more specifically, such as :
- "Soften my heart to _____, who hurt me yesterday by saying _____."
- "Give me patience and grace with my children today when they disobey for the 100th time. And thank You, Lord, for Your grace and patience with me."
- "Take away this repeating fear of the unknown, the fear of not knowing if the desires of my heart will come about. Help me to instead align my desires to Your will for me."
See the difference? As I’ve started making this shift, I can feel the difference. Friends, our prayer life changes when we make that little tweak from broad to specific prayers.
In Chapter 6, Max also gives us three great reasons why it’s important to not just make requests, but make specific, sincere requests. He says, a specific prayer:
- Is a serious prayer
- Is an opportunity for us to see God at work
- Creates a lighter load
How amazing is it to know God wants us to share our hearts with Him ... that He wants us to ask for help and to lean on Him in times of need? Thank goodness!
Reflect and Respond:
Do you view your prayer life as more routine and broad, or specific and intimate? What’s one thing you can do to help strengthen your prayer life?