My mama was a prayer warrior. She not only believed in the boldness in prayer, but also in being very specific with her prayer, definitely following scripture. Joshua 1:9 TLB, “Be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I remember a story she shared with me as a young girl to encourage me to be bold and specific in my own prayers. It went like this: There was a man who had a crippled hand. He went into the church and prayed, “Lord, make my hand like the other.” He rose to walk out and shortly noticed that now both his hands were crippled. ….Be specific!!!
This story is not true, and it is not the way that God works. But it illustrated to me the importance of being specific in my prayers. It is not that God doesn’t know your heart. He wants to hear specific requests. He wants us to grow in our communication with Him. He wants to hear our words.
Emile Barnes shared how when she felt sick prior to a women’s conference she was to present at, her husband asked God for an 8 hour window in which she could share His word. That is exactly what God granted her.
I am sharing these examples because I would like to encourage you to pray in this manner. Don’t get caught up in elegant words, don’t be timid in our supplications. Begin your day, end your day with prayer. Make lists of those you want to pray for, ask for specific petitions that you can intercede and follow through with your continual prayer life.
Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18