Before You Pray

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and He will. Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him… -Psalm 37:5, 7 TLB

Have you ever prayed “worried” prayers instead of faith-filled ones full of trust in God and His Word? Do you sometimes rehearse the problems to God instead of His promises? Carrying cares and concerns produce worry and fear that effect the way you pray.

The Father desires to lift your load of cares and remove all concerns. He wants to relieve you of worry and fear, remind you of the Truth, and bring you to a place of peace in His presence. Then you will be able to pray with confidence. What you do with cares and worry is strategic to getting answered prayers.

The key verses above provide a good guideline to help you pray with faith. The Hebrew word for “commit” in Psalm 37 literally means to roll something off of yourself, transferring it to another. “Trust” means to have confidence in another to the point of throwing yourself and your cares onto them. This act enables you to be care-less and fear-free. Once you commit and trust, you can enter “rest”…to be still, quieted, and peace filled.

When you go to God in prayer, first take time to COMMIT–placing all your concerns in the Lord’s keeping; TRUST–confidently releasing yourself and each care to Him; REST–be quieted and still. Now you are positioned to hear, praying Spirit-led, confident prayers that get supernatural results.

Prayer Focus

  • Ask the Lord to reveal what cares you are carrying that are causing worry. Ask Him to help you to commit, trust and rest.
  • Thank the Lord for continually teaching and growing you in the area of effective prayer.
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