The Effective Power of Specific Prayer
by Shiju Vincent
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“---When he drew near, He (Jesus) asked him. ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ ‘Lord’, he said, ‘I want to see!’ ‘Receive your sight!’ Jesus told him----Instantly he could see---“ (Lk. 18:40-43 HCSB)
The question put forth by Jesus: What do you want Me to do for you, is able to amaze us. Does not Jesus know what we need? We may have heard and read many times that God wants us to be specific in our requests to Him. Why does Jesus ask a question whose answer He already knows? This does not need deep thinking and research. The first and foremost reason is that Jesus Himself told, “Ask and you will receive.” (Mt. 7:7). In other words if we do not ask God, we can never receive anything from Him. So, to put it simply, it is the will and command of God that we ask.
The question asked by Christ to the blind beggar did not create confusion in his mind. Suppose Jesus appears to you in your pathetic state and asks this same question, will you say, “Jesus! Being God do not you know what I need?” Here is a blind beggar and everyone around knew that he needed healing. Likewise, we should also speak to God what He already knows, in fact, far much better than we ourselves know.
In this ultra-scientific modern world, faith in a prayer-answering God is disappearing as if faith is foolishness. How many times have we been able to tell God specifically what we need? How many times have we done it believing that God already knows our needs? Praise be to God who not only knows but is also able to give us the answer to our prayers. Answer to prayer is not prepared after we pray our prayer but it is already available before we pray our prayer. As we come to God with faith, prayer is the medium through which we receive the already available miracle.
God created everything by the word of His mouth. He does every miracle by speaking. Here also Jesus speaks, “Receive your sight.” In our lives too, Jesus commands miracles to happen by speaking. It is true we can’t hear it, but He does speak with complete authority. There is power and authority in God’s voice. He can command not only to the available resources to work for us, but He can create new resources and situations from emptiness and nothingness to work for us. He is not a God who can create only solid objects, but He is a God who can create and convert all situations and circumstances in our lives. Is there anything too hard for God?
When Jesus told, “Receive your sight.”, the defect in his eyes obeyed the Master of the universe, and they immediately fled. People who know science know how we see from our eyes. Immediately after Jesus spoke, the scientific reason through which our eyes work, began to operate in his eyes and they became natural and functional. Friend, is there any need today that you want to be fulfilled? Ask God and He will give orders for your miracle to happen.
When we develop the habit of praying specifically, God answers them only according to His will and His will never changes. Sometimes we have to wait for long, sometimes God gives us what we never expected. Even then, we must ask God all that we know are needed by us. This is the only way to taste the goodness of God. God is able and faithful to give us the best, much greater things than we can expect or imagine. A time spent in prayer makes the rest of time go in the best way. When God is willing to give us what we ask, we should never cease to ask until we get our answers.
The reason why God wants us to ask specifically is that He wants that we speak and talk to Him. Have you ever seen a father who does not want his child to talk to him? Have you ever imagined two close friends never talking to each other? Likewise, God wants to hear our voice because He is our Father. Have you noticed how children are free and happy to ask what they need, to their parents? How much more free and happy must we be as children of God to ask Him specifically our requests!
You can never find a more blessed life than a life of prayer, praying specifically. So develop this habit in your life so that you can know your God better. You will know how much He cares for you. Sometimes when you do not get the desired answer, believe that He has much better plans. He does everything beautiful in His time. So, keep praying, God’s answer is ready!
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