A Specific Prayer
Chaplain Adrienne Price
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” (2 Chronicles 4:10)
Prayer is the most effective and direct form of communication with God. Prayer is one-on-one communication with God. It gives you an opportunity to talk to Him as he talks back to you. God already knows the matters of your heart but He wants you to show Him that you invite him into your situation. While God can step in and intervene for you at any given moment, sometimes He’s just waiting to know you want Him to come in. Prayer is simply a conversation with the Father that should be specific. Let’s take note from Jabez, who prayed a specific prayer. He told God exactly what he wanted; his prayer was effective and straightforward. The hymnologist said, “oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pains we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” You should never take for granted the access God has given us to Him. When you talk to God, tell Him exactly what you want and need from Him. He is waiting to hear you and answer you.
Prayer: Father, Help me to not forget about all of the benefits I have by taking the time to fully communicate with you. Forgive me when I have not communicated with you in the manner that I know I should. In the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.