Pray Specifically: 
Make Your Requests Known

Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God. 

1 John 5:14 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 

The above scripture tells us that our confidence increases when we pray according to the will of God and we're sure that He hears us and as a result we pray in faith.  Many times we like to talk about the blessings of the bible aside from the conditions that must be met to obtain them. Specific prayer helps us to find out what we have to do to position ourselves to receive what we are praying for. For example, we love to pray and ask God for financial increase, but before asking God for increase we should consider God's reason for supplying us with increase and align our hearts with His motives for when we delight ourselves in the LORD - then He gives us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). Not only do our motives have to align with His, but there are conditions that must be met - like being a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7), etc., Once we have aligned our heart's motives to God's and secured that motive by fulfilling His conditions- from a place of repentance not of ritualistic law, then we are clear to pray for financial increase and God will hear us and answer us. 

The last benefit to praying specifically over a certain period of time is the ability to easily recognize answers to our prayer. God has a way of causing ALL things to synchronize to our prayers for He works ALL things for our good. So, when we pray, God causes the atmosphere to respond to us and begins to orchestrate things to meet our needs. Think of your prayers as a magnet that pulls things to you in order to answer your prayers. 

So, when you pray, don't only pray believing, but pray specifically. 

An example of this can be found in Mark 10:51 
"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked. "My rabbi," the blind man said, "I want to see!"

This blind man had been calling on the name of the LORD in order to get his attention. Once he got Jesus attention, Jesus asked him what he wanted him to do for him and the blind man answered specifically, "I want to see." He was specific about what he wanted, he just didn't say I want you to heal me, he told Jesus what kind of healing miracle he wanted. The blind man had to know this was in God's will for Jesus had been healing many in his area therefore he was assured and confident enough to ask and In response to his faith filled specific prayer Jesus answered him by healing him so he could see. Had the blind man just prayed for a healing that would have been too vague, which is why Jesus asked him what he wanted specifically.  

So anytime you find yourself going to pray imagine God asking you, what do you want me to do for you? Remember to be specific, check your motives, align with the heart of God, and ask in faith. 

Be Blessed! 

Specific prayer helps us to find out what we have to do to position ourselves to receive what we are praying for.
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