Be Specific​

Recently my husband and I adopted a cute little black kitten. We named her Gabby. She was only 6 weeks old when we adopted her.

Soon after bringing her home I made her an appointment with our favorite veterinary clinic to have her examined and vaccinated. They wouldn’t see her until she was 8 weeks old. I went ahead and made her an appointment and waited.

The date came to take Gabby to her first Vet visit. I had a certain idea about how the visit would go. But when Gabby and I got into the examination room, to see the Vet, my expectations all went out the window. Nothing went the way I thought it would. It really threw me off.

Apparently, when you make an appointment with a veterinary clinic, you have to request a specific Vet if you have a preference. I just assumed that the Vet of our other two pets, Miela and Autumn, would be the Vet of Gabby as well. Umm…no.

Word to the wise; never assume anything.

I think we can be that way in our prayer life as well. We assume that, because God knows what we need, we don’t have to bother praying about our needs at all. Or we may pray about them but we pray general prayers instead of specific ones. Then we are left wondering why things aren’t going the way we thought they would or the way we expected them to go.

God says in His word that we have not because we ask not, James 4:2.

Yes, God knows what we need, but like any good Father, He wants to be asked because that is part of being in a relationship. We don’t ask strangers for things we need. We ask those we trust for things we need.

God wants us to ask Him for what we need because it shows Him that we believe He can take care of us and wants to take care of us. It shows God that we know He loves us and is trustworthy.

Matthew 7:9-11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if He asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”

Not only should we ask our heavenly Father to meet our needs, but we should also be specific about those needs when we ask.

I’m reminded of an incident in the Bible where Abraham was growing old and he wanted his son Isaac to have a wife before he died. Abraham sent his servant to a specific town to find Isaac a wife.

The servant left in search of Isaac’s wife. As he drew closer to his destination, he prayed to God. He specifically prayed for success in finding a wife for Isaac. He even went as far as to pray that, upon his request, the perfect wife for Isaac would draw water from the town well for him to drink and then she would offer to give water to his camels to drink. This was how he was to know which girl was to be Isaac’s wife.

The Lord answered the servant’s specific prayer. The girl, Rebekah, did exactly what he had prayed for; she not only gave him a drink but offered to give his camels a drink as well. When God answered his prayer, the servant bowed down and worshipped God and thanked Him for His kindness and faithfulness [Genesis 24].

Are there things that you are in need of? Do you ask God to meet those needs? Are you being specific when you ask?

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

We should always pray specific prayers remembering that God knows our hearts.

James 4:3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Also, we should always pray specific prayers according to God’s will. The easiest way to know we are praying God’s will is to pray scripture. This is where technology comes in handy. We can google about anything these days; even scripture. I do it all the time!

1 John:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him.

So, don’t be like I was in assuming I was going to have what I needed without specifically asking for what I needed. Pray, asking God to meet your needs. Be specific when you pray. Find a scripture pertaining to your specific situation so you can pray according to God’s will. And always pray with pure motives.

He’s our good Father. He is faithful and kind. He wants to take care of us and meet all of our needs. He’s just waiting for us to ask Him.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.






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