Friday, March 13, 2020

4 Tips To Focus Your Prayers

Do you know of someone that is struggling through a hard time? Would you like to cover this person in prayer, but aren't sure where to start?

Yes, it can be overwhelming when you try to think of what to pray for someone. You may not know, exactly, what their struggle is other than the fact that they are having a hard time.

What do you do? 

1. Go away somewhere quiet 

You can sit in your bedroom, in a closet, in the bathroom. The place does not really matter as long as your focus is on the Lord.

2. Pray a few short prayers 

Spend this time in prayer.

3. Ask for guidance, direction, wisdom 

During your prayer time, be sure to ask specifically for guidance, direction, and wisdom.

4. Sit quietly with the Lord 

Sit, with your eyes closed, and just be quiet. Listen for the Lord to reveal something to you.

Let the Lord lead

I have recently had one of these "focused" quiet prayer sessions with the Lord. Our middle son, Taylor, has been on my heart a lot lately. I sat quietly with the Lord and felt led to read Psalm 18.

Psalm 18:16-19 really spoke to me.

Psalm 18:16-19 NIV 

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Other Translations:

Psalm 18:16-19 CEV 

You reached down from heaven, and you lifted me from deep in the ocean. You rescued me from enemies, who were hateful and too powerful for me. On the day disaster struck, they came and attacked, but you defended me. When I was fenced in, you freed and rescued me because you love me.

Psalm 18:16-19 GNT 

The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me out of the deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies and from all those who hate me— they were too strong for me. When I was in trouble, they attacked me, but the Lord protected me. He helped me out of danger; he saved me because he was pleased with me.

Cross References:

Psalm 59:1 NIV 

Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.

Psalm 143:9 

Rescue me from my enemies, Lord , for I hide myself in you.

Psalm 31:15 NIV 

My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.


Dear Father, 

I pray that you will reach down from on high and lift my son out of the deep waters. Please rescue him from his powerful enemy that confronted him in his time of distress. Help him to resist his enemy with your support. Bring him out of his despair and place him somewhere that is spacious. Come to his rescue because you are delighted in him (Ps. 18:16-19). In Jesus' name, Amen.

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How Is Your Prayer Life?

Do you know someone that is struggling through a hard time?
Would you like to cover this person in prayer, but aren't sure where to start?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Ps. I am including a free printable for you. It is the Bible reading plan for the month of April. It is called Ask Call Seek. Enjoy.

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  1. I love the reminder to sit quietly before the Lord and allow Him to speak to you. I also love how when you did just that, He whispered Scripture to your heart.

    1. Julie, thank you for your response :). I am learning that when I slow down enough to just sit quietly before Him, He will speak to me. The key to that is learning to slow down.


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