Prayers of Requests

From The Prayer of a Worshiper on Youversion

A request made by prayer is not just a question we present before God, but a choice we make to believe that God will do what He says He will do – by faith. When God answers, He doesn’t just change our circumstances; He changes and transforms our hearts to be conformed to His will.

Each day we have a choice. Each crossing has its fork. Which one do you take: the path that seems more alluring, yet crooked, or the path that looks plain and straight? We long to take the way that leads to life. However, when we look around, it appears that we’ve lost our direction. How do we get on the right track, when we know that we can’t go back, but must move forward?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12.2

Everyone else may take the common path. This one looks more appealing to the eye and intriguing by it’s curves. But its trail leads to death (Prov. 12.28). The road that leads to everlasting calls us to leave our simple ways and to walk in the way of understanding (Prov. 9.6).

How does this relate to worship? What does this mean to life?

Transform means to “change the condition, function, nature, character or personality” of something. God is not as interested in where you’ve been, but cares more about where you are, and where you are going. Conforming is about our behavior, transforming is about our character. God desires to change both. This is only possible through One Man – Jesus Christ.

In speaking to the Church, Paul reminded them not to conform to the trends of the world. As appealing as the world may be to the eye, we are to live another way. This also affects the way we pray and make requests before God.

In order to call Him Lord and Savior, we must also act and become like followers of Christ. We are to show Him worth, if we are to call Him Worthy. This not only transforms our way of living, but it also transforms our way of worship and prayer. If our way of living and worship changes, the way we pray (with a clean heart) also changes.

How different and more beautiful would our music be if we choose a better way of living, through a more honest way of praying?

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

James 1:5‭-‬6

Begin this day by taking the right path. Have him guard you against evil and temptation. Seek and ask God to impart wisdom for the journey. Give yourself completely to Him and watch Him transform the way you live. He truly satisfies our every need that keeps us from running to sin.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

Before our worship changes, our living must be changed. It doesn’t start with the church; it’s starts with you and me.

Our hearts must be broken, in order to sing the song of Salvation. This is our spiritual act of worship: to offer ourselves as living sacrifices and be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to know His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom. 12.1-2)

Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!

Psalm 66:20

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Matthew 21:22

The prayer of a worshiper is to live and to sing about transformational power of Christ.

Our prayer today: Jesus, please change the words of my prayers to match the words of Your heart. Give me a heart that You desire to hear the kinds of requests that call You Lord. Help me choose to live right, as You are in the light, making my prayers and pathway clear.

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