Known Prayer

Do you think everything is random? Do you believe there is no control? Do you wish there was someone in control? Do you wish there was someone you could talk to that would understand? Why don’t you spend time in prayer with God?

We see weird things happen from time-to-time. When that happens, we may think the world is a conglomeration of random acts. We may wonder how that weird thing came about. We are surprised when those things hit us out of the blue.

When the weird thing that happens is something bad, we ask why. We want to know how the randomness of the world reached our doorstep. We ponder those moments for a long time. They can completely derail us, if we aren’t consciously countering them with reason.

How can we counter the bad news that comes our way? We have the opportunity to take it all to God in prayer. He knows what has happened. He knows how we feel. He knows what we need. Yet, we still need to go to Him in prayer.

When we do go to Him in prayer, we should not ramble on and on and on. As I mentioned above, God already knows. What we are to do is pour our heart out to Him and release it into His hands. He will take care of us.

When we want to ask God to help in our situations, we don’t need to go out in the streets and pray loudly in front of others. We are told to pray in our room. We are to pray for God’s help in secret. We are to make our requests succinctly.

Even making our requests succinct may mean we pray for several minutes or an hour. We may be praying about many things. I have found myself sometimes praying for nearly an hour. Yet, on those occasions, I am praying for more than 20 people, our country, our community, our churches, and many other things. So, pray as long as you need, but don’t ramble.

I pray we all spend time with God in prayer each day. I pray we are succinct in our prayers. I pray each one of us pray powerful prayers. Spend time with God in prayer. Make your requests knowing He already knows. Trust God to handle your situation.

Matthew 6:5-8 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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