Today I decided to take a scripture from Mark and meditate on it. I truly enjoy talking to God, it gives me a sense of peace and hope. I think prayer is so important because it allows you to spend time with God and focus on growing a stronger relationship with Him. Often times I don’t even pray to Him, in some cases I just talk to Him. But too often I find myself not doing a ton of listening because I talk so much. My focus this week is going to be not only praying and talking to God more but also listening to Him. It’s no different than a friendship, sometimes your friend wants to get a few words in as well if you guys are having a conversation.
Mark 11:24 states, “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” I like this scripture because if you have strong faith you should be able to pray to God KNOWING that whatever you asked for will be yours. And that’s IF it’s in your best interest. God knows what’s best for us. We can plan our future all we want but at the end of the day God will ALWAYS remind us that He’s in charge and He makes the final decision. And you know what…I’m okay with that. I can say that confidently because I trust Him. I know that He is ALWAYS right.
So, what does prayer look like? I can’t tell you how to pray, but I can give you different tips that has helped me in the past and is still allowing me to have stronger prayers.
Tip #1: Meditate
I didn’t realize how beneficial this actually was until I tried it. I actually got this from a Youtuber I use to watch a while back. Meditating in God’s presence allows you to focus your mind, center your spirit, and thoughts on Him. In this time God might or might not reveal things to you, sometimes He does for me and sometimes He doesn’t. In Psalms 77:6 it reads (read full scripture if you’d like), “I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:” This is the perfect scripture that connects with us meditating in God’s presence.
Tip #2: Pray strategically and intentionally
This sounds so simple, but often times I found myself praying to God asking Him for the same things in my prayer and not really being intentional about what I am asking Him for. God knows what we need, but it’s different to pray and ask God for something and allow your faith to work.
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:13-15
Tip #3: Have Faith and Trust God
This will allow you to pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:16-18), it will allow your faith to grow stronger, and honestly this will help you feel more connected with God because you are trusting Him and asking Him for things in confidence.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21-22
My overall message to you is trust God, allow Him to guide you, and pray ALWAYS. Lack no faith, allow God’s wisdom to dwell in your spirit and heart as you read His word.
Fervent: A Women’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer
By: Priscilla Shirer