Targeted prayer

Scatter shot prayer or on target well aimed prayer which is effective? In James 5:16 it says; The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and produces wonderful results.  We all want our prayers to be full of power producing great results.

If a hunter is not after the kill but only to move nuisance animals away he might use a scatter shotgun. When dinner on the table is the goal then a more specific well aimed approach is taken; aim small miss small.

Prayer is much the same; we should aim at our target and be specific.  Keeping our prayers in line with the Word of God we will experience 1 John 5:14 – 15.  When we pray in agreement with His word we know He hears us and if He hears us then we know we will have our petition.

We could say let’s pray and agree that God heal all the little children.  But the effective power producing prayer will call the name of a child who is on our heart and maybe even the specific ailment and the root cause the child is suffering with knowing that it is God’s will to heal.  Jesus healed all that were brought to him.  So we can be sure that it is His will to heal.  There are sometimes other blockages to prayer which we may or may not be aware of, but our faith must be based on the Word of God and not wishy washy.  Pray in faith and accepting God’s ways.

Recently I have been praying for an area of finances and that God would meet the need.  Someone asked me the total amount of that need and I did not know.  My answer was WAY off.  I was glad she had asked because it made me realize that I was praying scatter shot and not really exercising my faith for the specific amount, total pay off and monthly payment.  Nothing is too big for my God and I am now wrapping that big amount with my faith.

What are you believing God for, but in a vague way?  Put some specifics around it, find supporting scriptures and believe God.  Then we will see our prayers become the powerful result producing prayers we and our loved ones need.

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