I recently read an article about revitalizing your prayer life by changing the way you petition the Lord. The author sensibly pointed out that, when we ask our friends to do something for us, we rarely say something like, “And, Miss King, I ask that you would sit by me in church today, and I ask that it would be to the right of me.” Um, awkward! But we so often begin our requests to the Lord with, “Lord, we ask,” or, “Lord, I pray,” phrasing our questions as a statement!
The author of the article suggests that we ask our Heavenly Father in the same way we would ask our earthly fathers: “Will you?”
It’s a tiny change, but I’ve been amazed at how just changing a single phrase has increased my feeling of humility before a sovereign God, and my sense of dependence on His will. When I pray, “Lord, will you provide for my finances? Will you guide me as I look for a good job?” it’s easier for me to hear my loving Abba Father saying, “Yes, I will!” My prayer time becomes genuine communication between my Lord and me, rather than a recitation of needs.
Will you give it a try?