Have you ever thought about having too many prayers? I started thinking about what I had committed to pray for starting this week. When you hold yourself accountable and pray, it can become overwhelming at times. Just take a look at all of the things in your life that you can pray for. When you start to make a list, it can get pretty long.
So to start out my weekly prayer list, I began revisiting my commitments. Here is a short list out of a very long list that I assembled for prayer.
- My family
- Our health and family members health issues
- Children's school
- Teachers at school
- Children's friends at school
- Friends that have struggles going on in their life
- Church leaders
- Our attitudes
- People at work
And the list can go on and on. When you sit down and think of everything that you can pray for, you can become overwhelmed. You end up finding yourself with too many prayers and try to find a way to simplify the process. Some people may wonder why a blanket prayer wouldn't work. Pray for world peace. Pray blessings in our life. What you miss out on when you blanket prayer is having a solid conversation with God. Blanket prayers become disingenuous and do not come from the heart. God doesn't want us to pray just to appease him. He wants us to pray to talk to him.
You can never have too many prayers.
Philippians 4:6 NASB Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Just as in Philippians, we should bring everything to prayer. Blanket prayer does not bring every thing to God. All this does is minimize the purpose of prayer.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB pray without ceasing;
What does pray without ceasing mean? This verse means exactly what it says. We are called to pray for everything in our lives individually. Pray for every task in your life so that God can come beside you. When you are in constant prayer, you do two things. First, you get closer to God by building a spiritual relationship. Secondly, you remove your decision making from a worldly view to a Biblical view. So next time you think you have too many prayers, look no further than 1 Thessalonians 5:17.