Steps to Productive Prayer

24 Feb

God’s Word: Luke 18:21-43

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

“Have mercy on me” does not pinpoint your request.  praiseThis was the statement the blind man yelled out to Jesus as he was passing by.  He definitely got Jesus’ attention.  Jesus asked “What do you want from Me?”  The answer, “Master, I want to see again.”  The question showed that the man believed Jesus could return his sight.  Jesus reply was “Go ahead—see again!  Your faith has saved and healed you.”  The man looked up—seeing and then followed Jesus, glorifying God.  Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.

This simple story portrays the three steps to productive prayer.   The blind man BELIEVED, ASKED for mercy, AND REJOICED with the answer.  Prayers that get My attention begin with a believing heart. Not that they “believe” it will be answered in the way asked, but belief in the One they are asking.  Next, when you ask, admit that you are asking for mercy—not demanding a when and how answer.  Instead of telling Me “what to do” about your situation simply tell Me your situation and let me decide what action to take.  The blind man simply said “I want to see again.”  He showed that he believed Jesus could take that information and process it in the best way.

Too often people forget to rejoice and give praise when their prayers are answered—step three.  This passage says the blind man responded by following Jesus and glorifying God.  Because of his actions everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.  This man did not take for granted the mercy Jesus gave Him in returning his sight.  I can tell you for sure that I hear far more requests for help than I hear rejoicing in My answers.  How motivated are you to give, give and give to those to take, take, take from you and show no appreciation?

God’s Question: When is the last time you gave Me thanks?

God’s Promise: You can trust Me to handle your prayers with care.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Your Word that reveals Your heart.

I am Sorry I focus more on my needs than praising You.

Thank You for your abundant mercy shown to me.

Please help me overflow with mercy to those around me.


2 Responses to “Steps to Productive Prayer”

  1. Kirsten Holmberg February 24, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Love this, Ellen. One of the best reasons for being specific in our prayers is that we can then recognize that HE answered. Thanks for your faithfulness in writing. I’m still reading along!


    • ellenlandreth February 24, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      Thanks Kirsten! I am now working through the entire NT to print up in a book for my descendants. I have already done most of the letters and Luke is my last Gospels to work through. It is the highlight of my day, this communing with God.


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