By Gertrude Nonterah – Contributor
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I have met people who are not sure how to get started praying. However, if we are ever going to grow closer in our walk with Jesus, it is absolutely important that prayer becomes a central focus of our lives. Imagine trying to be friends with someone who never talks to you; that will not go well. The same principle applies to prayer.
Today I want to share with you four areas in which I have prayed for myself as well as others. It is my prayer that this will be a handy resource that will help you to get started on an exciting prayer life if you are looking to develop one or maybe an addition to your current arsenal.
1- Wisdom – My mother used to say “common sense is not common”. Godly wisdom is not common either! James 1:5 declares: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. One of the prayers I have prayed for years is that God would give me the wisdom I need to make the right decisions at the right time so that His purpose will be accomplished. A great Scripture reference for praying for wisdom is found in Ephesians 1:17 and another great one is in Proverbs 2 & 3 which delves deeper into the benefits of wisdom.
2- Revelation – If you have a job and you have the revelation that “no work equals no money”, no matter how unmotivated you are to go to your job, you will rise from your comfy bed on a daily basis and go to that job. If you will be honest with yourself, you will realize that you do not understand much of what the Bible says. I still don’t understand every Scripture in the Bible and in fact I don’t think God wants me to understand EVERYTHING! However one of the things I realized after I started asking God for revelation was that I no longer struggled with reading the Bible and understanding what the Lord was saying. Scriptures I knew already become alive to me in a way that was simply precious! I cannot trade the powerful revelation God has given me through His Word for anything else in this life! A great Scripture reference for praying for revelation/understanding is Ephesians 1:17.
3- To be faithful until the end – One of the prayers I have prayed since I was a teenager is that God would help me to be a faithful Christian until the end. It is so sad to see people who accept Jesus Christ but then for some reason or other fall out of the race. There is one thing I am afraid of and it is the thought of falling away from God. A portion of Revelation 2:10 declares: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. In this Scripture, Jesus was addressing a church who was about to experience a lot of difficulty and persecution and so in essence He was saying “It does not matter what this life throws at you ; even if you have to die for my sake, remain faithful because there is a prize for faithfulness.” It’s easy to start something. The hardest part of continuing and finishing. Pray that the Lord will strengthen you and make you faithful until the end.
4- To walk in His will – Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done – Luke 22:42. This was a prayer Jesus prayed the night before He died. He knew that His Father had the power to stop what was about to happen to Him but He prayed a powerful prayer on that night: God your will be done even if I don’t like it right now. Personally, I think this is one of the hardest prayers to pray. When we truly leave our lives into God’s hands we are no longer in control. That is definitely not an easy thing for a person like me who always wants to be in control of affairs! However, Jesus is my greatest example and if I am going to be “Christ-like” then, I need to surrender all so that God’s perfect will can prevail. I continue to pray this prayer because I want nothing more than to please the One who gave everything so that I could enjoy an abundant life that will not end here but which will extend into eternity. Hallelujah.
Gertrude Nonterah loves Jesus Christ with all her heart and believes everything in life should be done with the ultimate goal of bringing glory to God. She is married to her sweetheart Fred and they live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gertrude has been teaching kid’s church since she was 18 and she happily writes a blog called A Chosen Remnant. When she is not working in the lab, she loves to write, walk and spend time in prayer. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter
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