Do You Pray Specifically?

pray for your childrenThe last couple of weeks my ladies Sunday School class has been discussing prayer and the need to pray specifically.  I don’t know about you, but I haven’t always prayed specifically but in more general terms.  I pray for God’s will, I ask for God to provide for my family etc.  Nothing really specific.

“And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” Luke 18:1

Why don’t we pray specifically?

  • We don’t know what to pray for
  • We don’t believe that God will really answer
  • We don’t believe that God is listening
  • We think God already know our specific requests

Not all of these apply to me and they might not to you either.  I know what I should pray for.  I know that God is listening and will answer my prayers.  My reason for not praying specifically is due to pure laziness.  It is quicker to say a general prayer then it is to pray for specific requests.

This is where a prayer journal would come in handy.  I have started one, but haven’t really used it.  I need to. That’s my goal for this week – use my prayer journal and not to be lazy in my prayers.  I want to enrich my relationship with God and being lazy in my prayers will not do it.