The Right Prayers to Pray
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
Have you ever been in a rut in your prayer life? If you said no, well, ask yourself that question again. I think every one of us has had a point where we just didn’t know what to pray. In those moments, I am so thankful God knows my heart and thoughts. That I don’t always need to speak out loud because the Lord knows my deepest secrets. But, in the midst of a prayer-rut, sometimes the best prayer we can pray is this; "Lord, show me what to pray."
Just like the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, we need to have the wisdom to ask for the same thing. The bible speaks about praying in accordance with God's will, not our own. If we want to see results in prayer, then we need to pray the right things! With that being said, how do we know what to pray? By opening the word of God. As we pray in accordance with God's heart, our prayers WILL be answered, because those are the right prayers to pray. (“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7)
When we follow hard after God and begin to love Him more, our hearts will change towards his. God longs for our hearts and desires to be aligned with His own. That is what being a Christ follower is all about- it’s about living, speaking, acting, and being the person Jesus would want us to be. When our hearts are changed to look more like Christ’s, we will pray the right prayers. We will pray the prayers God longs to answer.
This topic reminds me of a story about my husband, Vincent:
About 2 and a half years ago, Vincent’s father had a heart attack. He was in the hospital and the doctor’s reports were not looking good. For anyone about to lose a loved one our instant prayer would be to beg God to keep them on this earth. But in this trial, do you know what Vincent prayed on behalf of his father? Vinnie prayed that God would only keep his father alive if it would maximize Gods glory. He didn’t want to pray a prayer of keeping him on the earth because Vin believed it would rob his father of the bliss of heaven that was waiting for him on the other side. Of course Vin wanted his father to stay alive (and by Gods grace, he is and is doing well!) But in the moment Vinnie prayed a prayer that would allow God to be God. He prayed a prayer that wasn’t easy, but it was a prayer that took wisdom and courage. It was a prayer that told God that His ways were best.
Prayers that are answered are ones that will glorify God. We were created to reflect the glory of our Creator. That is what's best for us, and God knows that. When we reflect His image, that is when our soul is satisfied. Lots of people think if I pray for more stuff and get more stuff, then I'll be happy. When in reality, you'll be happy when you get more of God.
God satisfies. This world does not. God knows that and will answer the prayers that are good for your soul, even if it doesn't make sense at first. We have to see things from God's perspective. His perspective is in alignment with eternity. Not the temporal, but with what will last forever. We need to see things from that point of view.
So next time you don’t know what to pray, open the Word of God and ask the Lord what He would have you to pray. When you do, the right prayers will be said and you will see them answered right before your eyes.