Day 361: Pray Your Way Closer to Jesus!

The Daily Word: Friday, December 27th, 2019
Zechariah 10:1-11:17
Revelation 18:1-24
Psalm 146:1-10
Proverbs 30:33
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone. – Zech. 10:1

There are two keys to proper prayer illustrated in this verse: 1) making the proper request and 2) proper timing.

1) Proper Request. Are you asking for the right thing? God will tell you what to ask for if you let Him! The simple test here is: does what you’re asking of God line up with the Word of God? If you can’t find a precedent to ask for it in Scripture, don’t ask. When you pray according to His will, He hears you (1 Jn. 5:14); but if you ask according to your will, you’re out of line.

2) Proper Timing. Are you asking at the right time? There is such a thing as the timing of God. The people of Judah and Israel had to, “Ask the Lord for rain, in the time of the latter rain.” If they had asked for the right thing at the wrong time, they would have received nothing! Will getting what you’re asking for now bring you closer to God, or push you further from Him? If God satisfied your request here and now, would it make you rely on Jesus more or less? If the answer is less: wait. God forbid He would ever grant you a request that would make you rely on Jesus less!

Prayer:

Father, I pray Your Holy Spirit would pray powerful prayers through me. Help me to ask for the right things, at the right time. And as I do, I know that You hear me. You always hear me! I pray that You would cause me to pray prayers that draw me closer to Jesus, every single day.

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