Pray Specficially

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11 NKJV)

God has been using a few people this week to remind me of this verse and the Kindgom Promise based on asking and receiving. I was reminded last night that we are to ask for exactly what we need; pray specific. This verse is a reminder that if a son asked for bread he wouldn’t be given a stone. If he asked for a fish he wouldn’t be given a serpent. But the son was required to ASK FOR WHAT HE NEEDED before he could receive.

I was forwarded an email from a dear friend this week that was sent out to all the prayer warriors at his church. This prayer was specific and powerful. I felt the Holy Spirit come over me as I read it. I’d like to share it here for anyone who doesn’t know what to pray for us.

Please lift Brad’s friend, Stephanie up to the throne of God in
prayer.

Pray for her doctor(s) – that they look to the Lord for
guidance and wisdom as to how to treat Stephanie for the breast cancer that she has been diagnosed as having.

Pray for whatever surgery and/or treatments she may be facing.

Pray that the Lord would reach down and touch her and heal her of the cancer.

Pray for her family as well, that they all will look to the Lord for strength to get through this time of health problems; and for comfort and peace, the peace that only He can give to them. Pray for Brad as he ministers to Stephanie

James 5:15 “And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick.”

3 comments

  1. Dave Young says:

    Hey Stephanie
    I am in great sorrow to hear of your news, but I am a strong believer in “Let not your heart be troubled”.Almost two years ago I was told that I too had an extremely aggressive prostate cancer. I know what you are feeling. A friend of a friend heard about my problem and called me to say that he too had gone down this road and the thing that had helped him the most was reading the book of Job. The caller is a PhD in psycology and he understands the mental side of all that you are going through. Only someone who has faced cancer can really understand the games that it can play with your mind. Read Job and know that bad things sometimes happen to good people. There is nothing that you have done to precipitate this event. Only God has the answers and knows the reasons.
    On the morning of my surgery I was understandably apprehensive and scared. We left home very early in the morning and did not even see another car until we were about two blocks from the hospital. It was a very brightly colored VW Bug. Stopped behind it for a red light I noticed that it had a personalized tag. It read BLIKJOB. I read it three times before I told Cathy to look at it. My spirits soared and I knew that God had just told me to buck up and that he was still in control. I did not even need my “don’t care” shot before surgery. I really did not need it, I had something better. Since that morning I have not once asked “why me?”I have not felt sorry for myself and I know that I am in his hands what ever the future holds. What more could I ask for?
    Now two years later, I feel that I am completely recovered and my doctor says that I have about a 95% chance that I will not be bothered again with this problelm.
    Keep your chin up, be strong, have faith and BLIKJOB. His will be done. You will be cured also. We will all keep you in our prayers. As one who has been there done it, let me know if I can be any help in any way.
    Dave Young

    ps: a good support site can be found at inspire.com

  2. Chuck says:

    Specific, God centered prayer is always effective. I pray that God’s hand will be seen, not implied, as He works in Stephanie’s illness. My will is that He is glorified and that your family, friends, and physicians are in awe of His mighty works! We will continually lift you all up in prayer with this in mind – that God is glorified through your trial and deliverance.

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