“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying
for all the Lord’s people”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Prayer is at one and the same time simple and complex. When saying bedtime prayers with your young children or grandchildren the words used and requests made are simple. However, when praying alone your expressions can be more concentrated and complex.
As a new believer attending Wednesday night prayer meeting, I paid close attention to how various saints worded their prayers. Various times I heard some believers using a catchall phrase that went like the title to today’s devotional. They asked for nothing specifically, just the vague word “bless”. Even as a new believer I thought this was not like the prayers recorded in Scripture.
In the Bible the recorded prayers are focussed and so the one praying will know when the petition is answered, and they can move on to other needs that come their way. When ordering dinner in a restaurant you would never tell the waiter, “Please bring me food.” Of course, the waiter will bring you “food”. You need to tell the waiter which specific food you want before your meal can be prepared.
This is why I recommend using a prayer journal to record specific needs people have. Then when you pray you can easily recall exactly what is needed. When you are praying for a lot of people without the use of a prayer journal it is all too easy to forget to pray for someone or some need they have. Being organized in prayer is not unspiritual rather it is the godly thing to do. 1 Cor. 14:40 (NIV)
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”
If you create a journal on your computer consider using the four parts recently suggested,
1. Adoration, 2. Confession, 3. Thanksgiving, and 4. Supplication. When you receive an email containing a prayer request you can cut and paste it into your journal.
However you organize your prayer life, PRAY! Your Father in heaven awaits your prayers. So, come to Him and come now.