How to REALLY Pray God's Will
Years ago a friend of mine lost her job through a company bankruptcy. She was almost ready to retire, and to make matters worse, her employer lost her 401k, too. So, I prayed what anyone would pray – that she would find another job. I certainly felt that she was going to need another one! After a few days of praying this prayer, I felt God’s Spirit redirecting me to instead pray for her provision. He is so wise!
It turned out that praying for God’s provision in this circumstance was much better than trying to tell God to find my friend another job. With this adjustment, I had confidence that for once I was REALLY praying God’s will. God is our Provider! He is Jehovah-Jireh!
When others are going through something, like a job loss, we don’t know what God may be doing. Maybe He is redirecting them, calling them into ministry or chastising them. I know of more than one person who lost their job, and then was immediately needed to be a care taker for their mother. God is at work in people’s lives.
This was a turning point in my prayer life. I now no longer try to tell God how to answer my prayers. Instead I think about the attributes and divine titles of the Holy Trinity, and spend time with God trying to sense how He would have me pray.
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:13-14
When God redirected my prayer for my friend, I don’t believe that that was an isolated event. I believe He was teaching me how to better pray His will. To that end, I now use this as my prayer approach when praying over my prayer petitions.
My structured prayer journal is designed to be a weekly at-a-glance of my prayer life. In contrast to using a notebook for free-hand prayer journaling, my journal has compartments with shorter lines for entries. Using this approach of praying the divine titles and attributes of the Godhead, neatly fits in my Prayer Closet Organizer. I simply list the person’s name and the appropriate divine title or attribute. It is very succinct!
Clarity. This way of praying gives me so much more clarity and insight in prayer. And who doesn’t want more of that???
Using God’s attributes and the holy names of the Trinity always insures that we are praying according to God’s will.
Here are some examples of scriptural things to pray over our situations:
• Restoration for various losses – Ruth 4:15
• Reconciliation for broken relationships – 2 Corinthians 5:19 and Matthew 5:23-25 for
• Peace when worried – Hebrews 13:20
• Strength when under attack – Psalm 61:3
• Deliverance when in trouble – Psalm 34:17
• Salvation for the lost – John 3:16
• Healing from sickness – Divine Title – Jehovah-Rophi, God is our Healer
• Provision during job loss – Divine Title – Jehovah-Jireh, God is our Provider
• Love when it is hard to love someone–attribute demonstrated by Jesus – John 15:13
• Helper when in doubt – an attribute of the Holy Spirit – John 14:26
“In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. John 16:23-24
Maybe you can think of other scriptures and attributes? How about other divine titles and attributes?
Try it. List out who and what you are praying over, and try to discern how God would have you pray over the situation using the divine titles and attributes of the Trinity.
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