practicing petition

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Matthew 26:36-46, Philippians 4:6-7

Text: Matthew 26:36-46, Philippians 4:6-7

Practice makes perfect – and that is what we strive for in our lives spiritually (to be like Christ). While we understand that we’ll never achieve perfection here on earth, part of God’s will for us is to strive for a closer relationship with His perfection. It is His ongoing act of sanctification in our lives.

Today sisters, let’s begin to practice how we approach the Lord with our petitions in life. No matter how great or small your desires may seem, they are important to you, and therefore, important to Him. Like the familiar words in Joseph Scriven’s hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” remind us:

“What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.”

We can come to Him for safety, for wisdom, with our desires, and more. Scripture tells us to be persistent, to approach God boldly, and to rest in knowing that He loves us like children and wants to give us good gifts. And in the gospel, Christ demonstrates the importance of praying that God’s will be done above all.

For today, let’s practice biblical petition together – use a journal if you’d like:

  • Thank God for being your Father who you can trust to provide and care for you. Repent if you find that you’ve kept  your petitions, needs, desires from Him.

  • Call to mind some things you can ask your Father for.

  • Be specific when you pray. Don’t be afraid that He can’t handle your needs and desires.

  • Be bold in what you ask. We might forget that simply because something seems impossible to us, nothing is impossible for our Lord.

End with the simple words, “Not my will, but yours be done.” As hard as this may be to say, begin to trust that God has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

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  1. elledenning says:

    This post so blessed me today. Because I have so much to be thankful for, I often times fail to ask the Father for the desires of my heart. It feels a little bit like a spoiled child asking for more and more. But this post really helped prepare my heart — I spent most of my time in prayer thanking God for all of His amazing works in my life. And after some time, I felt a peace about asking for those seemingly impossible requests. I felt the Spirit's prompting, "Go ahead my child. I love you. Ask." And I loved concluding with "Your will, not mine." Diana, thank you thank you for your words and sensitivity to the Spirit to write this. Such a sweet blessing!

  2. Sydney says:

    Sometimes i am confused by prayers of petition because i find Jesus' advice conflicting in this area, even though i know it's my own confusion getting in the way of me fully understanding how this works… I know God hears every prayer, and that i don't even have to say it out loud. I could just be thinking it. All it takes is one thought, and he could answer it. But i know that he also wants us to come to him like children, presenting requests to him as we would our parents. Bothering them about it until we get an answer. Praying about it every day, crying out to God, several times a day, for who knows how long. Yet for some requests, we only need to think the prayer once. I feel like if I pray insistently, that means I do not have faith that He will answer it the first time. Yet He wants us to pray insistently? Well, yes, He does. He says it plain and clear in this study. So that's what I will do.

  3. Ellen MR says:

    Beth that is how I stumbled across SRT too! That was back in December and I haven’t missed a day since!! :) I’ll be praying for your continued health and happiness in our Lord Jesus Christ. You are amongst friends here!

  4. beth says:

    Thanks for the prayers. They are much needed and appreciated. I found this site skimming thru for my next bible plan on my YouVersion bible app. I am happy I clicked on! :)

  5. EmmyBoo says:

    I am loving this whole series on different prayers! It has taught me so much already, and I can't wait for more revelation from God! I am so honored and blessed to be able to not only learn from the devotional, but from all you lovely ladies' beautiful comments. It's something I look forward to everyday when I wake up!

    Now I just need to focus on spending time with God alone, WAITING on Him, and soaking in His presence. I am a very impatient person, and the Lord knows that better than I. So I pray that He can give me the patience to just praise and worship Him and wait on His sweet Holy Spirit.

  6. Gail says:

    "What a friend we have in Jesus". My grandmother lived with us and this was her song! She sang it throughout the day! As children,we even got tired of her singing the same hymn over and over and over again ! So the whole family knew it and we carried it in our heads and hearts day and night. As " Mama " grew older she declined physically and mentally. She did not recognize us and she withdrew in general, BUT she continued to sing that hymn throughout the day! She ministered to us by demonstrating the power of prayers and being at peace in the Lord. Today, we her family, are witnesses to a woman of faith, who stayed close to God thru all the physical and mental challenges of growing old and focusing on life in eternity. Thank you SRT and sisters for guiding and supporting each other as we travel to being in a closer relationship with God, through His risen son, Jesus Christ. Have a "prayer-ful" day.

    1. Carolynmimi says:

      Such a blessing you are to me today, Gail. What a testimony!

    2. rocknitat55 says:

      Thank u 2 for sharing. My grandmother also taught me that song.
      When I feel alone I hum that song. Bless u

  7. Struggling sibling says:

    The garden of Gethsemane reminds me of how weak we are we struggle to obey The Lord.
    But Phil4:6-7. Reminds that with The Lord I am strengthened and need not worry. My faith must never be in my own abilities but in the power of God that works through me

  8. rocknitat55 says:

    Hi ladies. So glad to be back. I have been reading the devs but kept getting errors so I couldn’t write.
    I’ve spent the last 2 days praising the Lord. For some reason my spirit has been taken over with breath prayers. I have just been thanking him or bursting out in song
    When I leave this devotion today I will go to my journal and enter my petition!
    I will be deliberate and I won’t consider whether I am worthy.

    Ladies may your Wednesday be full of worship and wonder! Blessings.

  9. LindaG says:

    Thank you for this reminder today. I’m on day 3 of a five day conference my org is putting on. Exhausted after four 14 hour days. Please lift me in prayer today. I feel the need to ask for this. Thank you all.

    1. Amy says:

      LindaG praying for rest in the short, quiet moments & strength in the busy moments & JOY ALWAYS.

    2. suebee says:

      Linda praying for energy to get you through!

  10. jesusgirl71 says:

    Suebee, praying for you. Beth, also praying. O what peace we often forfeit,
    O what needless pain we bear,
    all because we do not carry
    everything to God in prayer.”

    I have heard this hymn so many times, but it hit me today. all because we do not carry *everything* to god in prayer. I need to be more intentional about this! I say in the morning i want to do this, but let the world crowd in and don't. Everything. god cares about everything. Every little concern. loved also what you all have said about prayers of praise.

    1. Carolynmimi says:

      I hear you, Jesusgirl71, we don't carry "everything" to God in Prayer nor do we "Surrender All" no matter how boldly we sing the words. Praying that For All Of Us! Because imagine the change that would bring to us all. Oh, God, arms full, head full, body full, relationships full…Bringing it all and plopping it right at your feet..GIVING UP ALL!

  11. Suebee says:

    How I needed this today! I received a call a couple of days ago telling me my hours have to be cut at work. A first I'm thinking " this can be a good thing" because lately I've been feeling overworked and too tired to enjoy life and maybe it's what God wants .BUT I am so totally into details and have controlling issues at work… I need to do it all. Plus fear about money and paying the bills keeps me hanging on to those controlling issues. Since joining in with all you wonderful ladies I have been praying for answers to this. I KNOW God is in control and able to see and handle all these things….yet I still fall back into these same thoughts and patterns.. UGH!!!!! Please pray for and with me that I don't let this continue and that I may find answers that will work.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Carolynmimi says:

      Praying God's will and intervention into your work situation, knowing He has good things in mind for you. I understand hating to lose control of the bits and pieces…I am so that way…praying for us both that we can commit all these threads of control we think we have to his strong and able hands.

    2. rocknitat55 says:

      I am praying for u. He truly has the whole world in his hands. He’s got you girl. I to struggle with or did struggled with control issues, especially at work. No one could do it like me. I increased my overtime by 30 hrs, yep! I was working sometimes 70 hrs a week. I lived in my office. Wow, I look back now and I should da been committed lol. Well one evening after working a 16 hr day as I exited my floor I was thrown from an elevator. I was rushed to the hospital. The injuries I sustained kept me at home for a long time. Workers compensation was a joke and I had been on my job long enough to receive 100% disability. I was worried and frantic. Oh but for my heaveningly father who whispered to me on many occassions , Baby girl I got this! I watched God do it all. I had more with less. Nothing was cut off or repossed. And most importantly God taught me to walk n what I already knew, He is my source, he supplies our every need. Sunbee God has gotcha, he’s got a plan. Believe it or not when I returned to work in 3 months my department closed and I was among 250 laid off. But God had a plan, he had already prepared me. I knew that if He could keep me in that thing he surely would keep me in this thing. Recession is just a procession for God’s children. Nowdays I get excited when I see or hear of trouble coming. I can’t wait for God to show up and show out! Believe it or not manytime he’s already

      1. rocknitat55 says:

        He’s already been there.
        Sunbee he is not a respector of persons. A way has been made.
        And in the midst he teaches us how to relinquish control of things
        That we really have no control over.
        God grant you peace in the midst of your storm.

  12. LeahTvt says:

    Oh, it feels so good to be back this morning! For some reason I could not get here yesterday–I kept getting an error page. In any case…good morning ladies! Missed y’all yesterday! Love this devotional! I particularly appreciate the emphasis on all the different types of prayers. Because, yeah, my prayers have mostly been petitions and I want to get better and better at some prayers of praise. I say thank you a lot, but it doesn’t really go much beyond that. I want to get intentional about prayers of praise. Have a wonderfully blessed day all!

  13. Katie says:

    This morning, I'm thanking the Lord for hope. For the promise of each new day and for the goodness of His will and His plan for each of us. I've been thinking a lot about waiting lately, and how we often pray and get so weary in our waiting for answers or doors to open, etc. But I think so often there are steps God has for us, things to learn and do along the way to some of our prayers being answered, because this is where the pruning and the sanctification truly happens. This is where our faith is tested and perfected. So, this morning, I'm also giving thanks for those in-between times when He is working, even though we may not see or understand it just yet.

    1. Carolynmimi says:

      "Giving thanks for those in-between times when He is working, even though we may not see or understand it just yet."

      I love the way you put this, Katie! He is working when we are oblivious!

  14. beth says:

    I am trusting God for so much. I recently begged God to let a big bank giv3 me a auto loan and I was turned down twice… the third time I asked I was give a loan witb a cap (meaning that they only gave me a certain amount ) but I had a glod dlwn pymt with my tax refund. Now I have a reliable car. I was diagnosed with genital herpes in 2010 when I was promiscuous and not thinking about
    GOD. I am now. I pay my tithes and I am seriously trusting God for a healing. I need you all to pray with me. I feel if I share my problem God will know that I am serious. I go boldly everyday and I know He loves me. I know he will answer my prayers.

    1. Carolynmimi says:

      Praying for you Beth..praying with you Beth. I loved the way the Message put the scripture from Philippians this morning and so I am praying it(BOLDLY) for both of us and all our SRT Sisters:
      Father, God, Don't let us fret or worry today. Lord, Instead of worrying, we come to you praying! We enter your presence with our petitions big and small and praise You for answered prayer, for Beth's reliable car, for my time with my sons and their families.

      Lord, help us all to "shape your worries into prayers" and "letting God know your concerns" to set forth into this day you have made confident of our salvation and place in your family. And then before we know it, we can experience a sense of Your wholeness, everything coming together for good, and we will come and settle down.

      Lord, thank you! "It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of our lives. Amen (Philippians 4:6, 7 MSG)

      1. rocknitat55 says:

        Thank u carolynmimi, I really felt your prayer this morning. Bless u.

    2. Diana says:

      Hi Beth,
      After I read your post, I stopped to pray for your healing and you strength to continue to stay pure.

  15. Julia says:

    wow! this devo is so wonderfully written, and JUST what i needed to hear this morning. thank you!!! i am so grateful for all of the wonderful comments you girls leave to read. so uplifting, inspiring, heartfelt and beautiful. God bless you ladies!!

  16. AmyKelly213 says:

    I am so loving this devotion!! And my prayer life is richer and more full than it has ever been! I begin each morning asking my prayer for forgiveness, and for God to open my eyes to sins I may not have realized I committed. I reread Psalm 51 with my prayer. After reading the devotion and sharing with you ladies, I head to my journal. In the front of my journal, I am offering prayers of praise. Praise ONLY!!! Boy! What an eye opener that has been! That was the hardest prayer to begin practicing because I am so used to going to my Father with petitions and intercessions and very seldom thanking him for the extraordinary– and the mundane– things in my life. Then, I turn to the back of my journal where I have started my running prayer list again. I end with an EXTRA prayer for my husband because that is what I am feeling The Lord is leading me to do. And what a difference it has made!! Not to him… To ME!

    The best part of this morning routine, other than the quiet time with my creator, is how I am becoming more and more aware of His presence in every aspect of my day. God is so good!!!

  17. Ingrid says:

    Amen, Amen ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find knock and the door will be open. Matthew 7:7

    Thank you Jesus for your word to remind us of all your wonderful promises.

  18. Amen. Being specific is something I need development in. I’m grateful for today’s devo, reminding me how much my Father cares about every detail and everything that concerns me. It just sometimes seems that soooo much concerns me – I’m overwhelmed with life – that there isn’t the time to bring everything in detail, so I tend to get vague. There’s just so much I need help with. So, one of my petitions this morning is for help to be specific and detailed and not just cry out, in desperation, “HELP!” What a Friend we do have (that’s one of my favourite hymns). I’m thankful I can come to the throne of grace and find well-timed and SPECIFIC help in time of need. Like this morning, when the day had slapped me in the face before I’m even out of bed!

    1. Barbara says:

      I know that I’m a good 6 weeks or so behind you in this study and that you posted this quite a while ago. Yet, I feel compelled to comment… While it is a good and profitable discipine to be specific in prayer, there are days when I myself am reminded of Paul’s words in the letter to the Romans. I am sometimes so overwhelmed that these verses are a blessing – when my thoughts and feelings are ALL OVER the place: Romans 8:26-27 (NLT) “26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[t] in harmony with God’s own will.” He most certainly does provide for the days of confusion, when we need the Spirit to carry our needs to Him!! Love to you, sister in Christ!

  19. Deborah says:

    What a wonderful. way to start a new day. God is so good. I’ve just started this program a week ago and I cannot even begin to describe how I feel . My heart and soul feels so much peace and love. May God bless us all as we share his love forgiving grace together. I feel like I have thousands of new friends in Christ!. Praise God for what he is doing in all of our lives!