March 10, 2022, 4:00 PM



We Always Get From God What We Need

Ecclesiastics 3:11 ESV

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Have you been to a Baptist prayer meeting recently? My parents were the ones that thought children should be in every single church function. We were able to go to the nursery as children. I remember my teachers to this day and of course the infamous “Carrot Song” that played every week on the portable record player in our room. (I went to a big city church with all the fancy latest technology of 1960) But when we were able to sit in the pew that’s where we were. Church service was ok until the preacher. For years my mother would sit her 6 children on the second row of the church and after the choir special, she would leave the front row of the choir to sit with her children. Sunday nights were generally more fun, and the music was peppier. But Wednesday night prayer meetings were the worst! Closing your eyes and listening to someone drone on for hours was tortuous for me at that age. However, I did learn a few things, including how to pray, and to be truthful, there were always a few people I remember had the best prayers including Stanley Hill and some of the older charter members. In my years of listening and participating in public prayer I have noticed a few different types of prayers that we offer.

  • The To Do Prayer list.

Sometimes in our effort to share our deep concerns for our church, family, nation or world it seems that we are in effect giving God a To Do list. I’m not sure what the cause of this is. Maybe that’s how we heard our parent’s pray or maybe we know that we work better from a list and if we are made in God’s image then He must work better from a list and who better to share that list than someone like me? When someone begins to tell God that He should do this or that or change this or that I’m reminded of God speaking to Job.

38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:


2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?

What is the difference between making our requests known and giving God a ToDo list? I’m not at all sure but I certainly bet that Job could give me a pointer or two.

  • The Announcement Prayer

Some people pray as if they are sharing the church announcements or informing God about things that if only He would have known about He would not have allowed things to get so muddled up. God, we have these things called elections coming up and we need the right man or woman to win these elections. (continuing in prayer) God, you know last election we had a real problem with voter fraud. So maybe you could not let that happen again. (continuing) My Aunt Suzy is scheduled for surgery next Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Wake Med, her doctor is Dr. Smith and they will be performing the surgery in the annex not the main surgery unit. Dr. Smith had a problem with another patient so You have Your work cut out for you, Lord.

A Word from Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.


3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

  • The curious repetition prayer

Some people pray the exact same prayer every time they pray. Hey, if it worked once why change it, right?

Matthew 6:7


“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.


The Bible reminds us continually to pray without ceasing and that nothing on this earth happens without prayer. Maybe God is not moving like we think He should or in the time frame we think is appropriate because His focus is on something or someone else. The Bible states that God know everything, He has unlimited power and majesty plus, He is everywhere at once. He is able to work His own list and does not need our help there. He knew what you were going to say before you said it so He does not need your announcement. He also is not motivated by many repetitions of the same thing. The fervent effective prayer of the righteous man availeth much. Let God through the Holy Spirit do a heart check on us, make certain that we as best we can always pray with fervency and intensity and finally, have not unconfessed sin weighing us down. Prayer is essential for the working of God in man. That is His plan and mystery not ours. Since it is His plan let’s do everything in our power to pray so that our prayers may be unhindered and heard. If He hears us then He will answer us.




03-14-2022 at 12:19 PM
Sandy Scherr
Many thanks. Marty., for showing me how to truly pray.. Not a wish list. I am not sure what to truly pray for. God's Will will be done. Your blog helped me considerably..
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