What do we REALLY need?

prayerAt Tuesday evening Bible study we always begin with prayer requests. And the “rule” is that everyone has a praise and/or concern. Because we always have something we need to be thankful for and something we need to pray about.

One evening recently, this time inspired an interesting conversation about asking for what we need and why we often don’t ask for specifics. And what I concluded is that we don’t always ask for what we need because we don’t always take the time to know what it is.

Say you’ve been sick. You might request prayer for better health–a good thing to ask for. But is that all you need? Maybe you also need someone to make a big pot of chicken noodle soup so you don’t have to cook. Maybe you need someone to take the kids to a movie so you can rest. Maybe you need someone to listen to you whine a little.

But we don’t ask for those things. We might ask for general prayer–anyone can take a few seconds to pray (and honestly, do you pray much longer than that for a single concern?). But to ask someone to help meet your specific needs? Well, that might seem pushy. And you might have to take a minute to think about what would really and truly help in a given situation.

And here’s the thing. I think people like specifics. They like being given specific tasks to do and specific outcomes to pray for. So here are my top three specific requests for prayer in 2013. Please share at least one of yours in the comments section so we can pray for each other.

  • The RIGHT publisher for my book. I waited for the right agent, now I need patience to wait for the right editor and publisher.
  • Continued good health–I have atrial fibrillation that’s kept under control with medication. Please pray that my heart stays well.
  • God’s leading as I find the right balance between my two jobs–fundraiser for a children’s ministry and author.

4 thoughts on “What do we REALLY need?

  1. -I want my daughter back, from out in the cold of the world, and back into the arms of God. We all carry on as a family, and do our respective “things”, but the day she calls me and says, “Mom, can we talk?” there WILL be a PARTY, here and in heaven.

  2. I agree that not only do we need to be specific about the want we also have to be specific on who we ask. I know that when someone is sick when I ask if I can do anything it is a blanket, “no, I’m sure I’ll be fine” because they don’t want to impose on me but I would really be willing to make that soup or take the kids. Because of what I know I would be willing to do I am becoming more specific in my asks when people are offering it up, especially. I have begun to think of it as giving them the gift of giving. It is working for me and many of the women involved in Your Turn. http://yourturnwomen.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/gift-receiver/

    Great post, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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