Categorical prayer!

“Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well” (Luke 18:41, 42)

When you pray to God, let your prayer requests be crystal clear. See! Bartimaeus, a blind who was on the roadside in Jericho, knew that Jesus was crossing the place where he was seated. In order to convey his request to Jesus, he raised his voice and said: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” His request was not clear. So Jesus asked him what he wanted to do for him. In reply, He said, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Accordingly, Jesus opened his blind eyes (Mark 10:46-52).

In our church, two types of miracles continue to happen often in the past several years. Firstly people who come with the sickness Asthma get healed. Secondly, the couples who long to have children succeed in receiving the blessing. I used to put forth some questions to these couples. “Which gender of the child you expect to receive from God? What is the name you have chosen for the child?” Some will reply “Whatever child God gives, it is fine for me”. Some will say “Let me consult my husband or wife and then inform you.” I will ask them to think well, to come to a conclusion and then come back to me. Such couples do not get their wish fulfilled immediately.

One couple had no children even after ten years of married life. As usual, I asked them what child they wish to have. Bang came out the reply from the wife “We need a girl child. We have chosen ‘Deborah’ to be the name for the child.” Her reply was very clear and I prayed for them with a burden. The next year she gave birth to a female child and the child was named as ‘Deborah.’

God came in the vision of Solomon and asked him what he wanted. Solomon did not reply God asking Him to give whatever He wanted to give. He clearly asked for wisdom and knowledge to judge the people God had given him. As requested, he received.

Even when Hannah prayed, she clearly requested God to bless her with a male child (I Samuel 1:11). Why? It is not only to shut the mouth of Peninnah and not only keep the child for herself and rejoice. The reason was to offer the child to God’s ministry. God was in need of a ministerial prophet and she was in need of a male child. Both the needs were met through her son Samuel.

To meditate: “Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).