This weekend my church held a Women's Retreat. What a refreshing time. I was so pleased with the turnout, and the speaker, Vicki Tiede, www.GraceLessons.com couldn't have been better. I went away from each session feeling like I had been standing in a shower of blessing, soaking up living water for my dry, thirsty soul.
One thing that struck me from the first evening's talk was this statement: "We must pray so specifically so that when God answers, we'll recognize it."
So how have I been praying? "God, bless my church." "God, bless my family." "God, bless the President." "God, help me be a better writer." "God, help me be a good mom." "God, help me be a good wife." All these are so nebulous and generic, I wouldn't recognize the answer to most them even when He did answer.
How can I change this approach? Be deliberately specific. And don't be afraid of the answer. Perhaps one thing holding me back from being specific is I don't want to hear the answer 'no, child.' Don't be afraid to tell God what I really want and need, to lay my heart open to the One who knows what's in there already. I don't mean to put God to the test, but I do mean to be deliberate, specific and fearless in asking my Heavenly Father for the help I know I need.
LOL My apologies to Vicki for misspelling her name...sigh...I am a goof! lol