I can’t count the times I’ve read the above verse, but today I got a new understanding of what it means to be “faithful in prayer.” I had taken it to be “faithful” in prayer as a general sense. But now I understand it in a new dimension: to be faithful to a specific cause.
If God puts a burden on your heart, as only He can do, you need to be faithful in prayer. I have prayed most of my life. I have stacks of prayer journals. The top drawer of my nightstand is filled with cards containing prayer needs and names of people I have prayed for over the years. And still pray for!
These are all people and needs that I have chosen to pray for. Mostly because people have asked for my prayers.
A few weeks ago, “out of the blue” (but we know that nothing is out of the blue when it comes to God), God put a name on my heart. There is no humanly explainable reason why I should be thinking about that person or getting a heavy burden to pray for him, other than God placing it in me. And now I understand another dimension of being “faithful in prayer.”
Here are some more good words on this subject:
- “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph 6:18).
- “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col 4:2).
- “Pray continually” (1 Thess 5:17).
Now I have this new responsibility, much different than all the needs and wants written in my journals and in the cards I have in my nightstand. This is a very specific assignment, and when God gives you an assignment, you better be faithful.
While thinking of this person—a man of God—I have been assigned to pray for, I couldn’t help but put my thoughts into ABC’s.
Sarah (my 3-year-old granddaughter) and I both love ABC’s. She loves the noodles (with letters) in soups and other canned goods. That’s what she wants for lunch and that is what her Rapunzel has when we talk about what she is going to have for dinner.
I love to make different lists of ABC’s. I have a binder full of them. So here comes another list of ABC’s. If you want a print-out, click here for a pdf: ABC’s of faithful prayer.
ABC’s of faithful prayer
A bandoned-to-Jesus, anchored-in-Him prayer
B lessing and believing prayer
C ontinual and covering prayer
D evoted deliverance prayer
E nduring and encouraging prayer
F ervant and faithful prayer
G rateful, glorifying God prayer
H onest and hopeful prayer
I ntense intercessory prayer
J oyful and jubilant Jesus-honoring prayer
K eep-on-keeping on kind of prayer
L oving and lingering prayer
M erciful, mountain-moving prayer
N oble, not-giving-up prayer
O bedient, on-all-occasions prayer
P raiseful and persevering prayer
Q uiet and questful prayer
R esilient and always-rejoicing prayer
S acrificial Spirit-filled prayer
T hankful and trusting prayer
U ndivided and uninhibited prayer
V alient and vicarious prayer
W atchful and wooing prayer
X ‘pectant and exuberant prayer
Y ielding your will prayer
Z ealous prayer
May God bless you with a special assignment in prayer!