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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Are you picky about what you pray about?

At our prayer meeting last evening, we had a wonderful time of intercession and supplication before God.
It is one of the highlights of my week:  gathering together with other followers of Christ - and having conversations with God.
Prayer, as you know, is a conversation with God (and I am thankful I can speak with God about anything - God will never get offended by anything I say).
Here's what I know:  A true intercessor is not "picky" about what they pray about.
They will pray about everything.

Paul writes in Philippians 4:6, "Don't worry about anything but pray about everything."

The question is:  What is "everything" mean to you?
A read of a poll today (conducted by LifeWay Research) that found that many of us are very picky about who we will pray for.
For instance, the poll revealed that we typically  pray for:
Family and Friends 82 percent of the time.
Our own problems and difficulties 74 percent of the time.
Our enemies 37 percent of the time.
Government leaders 12 percent of the time.
And.....interestingly enough, 36 percent of survey participants said they typically pray for financial prosperity, 21 percent pray to win the lottery, and 13 percent typically pray for their favorite sports team to win.
Now then, obviously, we are to pray about those people that are dear to us.
(In fact, one rule of prayer that I have - as I enter into a time of intercession - is to pray about what is on my mind or heart, first - and then pray for "world peace.")
But as we go along the pathway of our Christian faith - and grow in God - our prayers become less "picky" and more along the lines of the needs of others and the world we live in.
Just a thought for a Wednesday.

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