From the Pastors Desk-
Nehemiah 2: 4 “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.”
Martin Luther, the great reformer, said: “The fewer the words, the better the prayer…”
Nehemiah did not have the time to pray a long prayer, because he had just been asked a question that required an immediate answer. We don’t know what he said, or how he worded his prayer. We are reasonably certain he didn’t get on his knees, bow his head, or close his eyes. It probably was as short as the prayer Peter prayed when he began to sink in the water. He simply said, “Lord, save me”.
Charles Spurgeon said this in a sermon: “There is no need for us to go beating about the bush, and not telling the Lord distinctly what it is that we crave at His hands. Nor will it be seemly for us to make any attempt to use fine language; but let us ask God in the simplest and most direct manner for just the things we want…” (The Kneeling Christian, Clarion Classics, 1986, Zondervan Publishing House, Page 79-80)
The Apostle Paul said, “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known unto God.” Phil. 4:6. While praise and thanksgiving are important in prayer; prayer is simply telling God what you need. Instead of vague generalities, you give specific requests and trust God for a specific response. While that response may not be the exact thing you have asked for; God promises in vs. 7 to give a peace that passes all understanding! “And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.”
Your heart may be burdened down with a specific problem or need, but when you make your request known unto God, He will give you the peace that you need for that particular trial.
When George Mueller was asked how much time he spent in prayer, he said, hours every day. But I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk and when I lie down and when I arise. And the answers are always coming.”
-Two Short Prayers-
God, be merciful to me a sinner! Luke 18:13
Dear God, Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen.