What if all your prayers were answered right away? Would it make a difference for eternity? I’ve challenged you to enlarge the way you pray for yourself, using some biblical prayers as guidelines. Note this passage from 2 Peter 1:3-4:
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
I want to urge you to start praying this passage into your life. You will be praying that God will give you what you need to live a godly life, as you get to know God better. Just think how you would be more and more conformed to the image of Jesus through this kind of praying.
Let me ask you this: Do you pray God’s promises into your life? I remember a song I sang as a kid which said “Every promise in the book is mine, every chapter, every verse, every line.” It’s a good reminder that God’s word is full of promises which you can and should claim as your own. How often do you do that? Are you missing some blessings because you’re not praying those great and precious promises?
Here are some of those promises you should pray:
- In James 1:5, you’re promised wisdom; pray for it.
- In Philippians 4:7, you’re promised peace; pray for it.
- In Isaiah 58:11, you’re promised guidance; pray for it.
There are many more! Take these verses and simply pray them for your life and the lives of those you love. If you will seriously examine the content of your prayer life and just take it to the next level—praying about and for things which are eternally important—you will see wonderful answers that will be turning points in your life and the lives of others.