What Are Your Prayer Stats?
Pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17–18 msg
How should we pray? “Pray all the time.” This means anytime, anywhere. But prayer calls for a fourfold focus: on praise, on confession, on thanksgiving, and then on requests. Now, wouldn’t it be fascinating if God gave us the statistics showing how much prayer time we spend on requests versus how much time is spent thanking God, praising God, or confessing our sins? That would be an interesting stat! I know that if He did it for my own prayer life, I would see those requests way up there on that list!
God’s Word tells us that when we pray, we need to focus on the greatness and goodness of God. With praise comes an attitude of thanksgiving. We want to be thankful to the Lord for the many blessings in our life. The greatest blessing of all is the salvation we have in Jesus Christ, and the bonus is His indwelling Spirit and even more—abundant eternal life. We are called to confess our sins to God. This, too, gives us an attitude of thanksgiving for being free of guilt and filled with joy. Then it’s time to share with God our requests—for others and ourselves.
Strive for this fourfold balance in your prayer life, and see how it draws you closer to the Creator of the universe.
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