Today, we want to remind you how powerful your prayers are. Here is an excerpt from Victorious Mindsets.
My Prayers Are Powerful and Effective
(Overcoming vain repetitions)
“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7).
Sometimes we are critical of those who pray the same prayers (often written) over and over. “That is lifeless religious tradition,” we might say. “That is vain repetition. I am glad that my prayers are Spirit led.”
The Lord, however, showed me that I was guilty of what I judged others for. “Therefore you are inexcusable . . . who judge . . . for you who judge practice the same things” (Rom. 2:1). While my vain repetitions were different from those I judged I was still guilty of thinking I would be heard for my “many words” rather than praying in faith. “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24).
I sensed the Lord was saying, “Steve, ask Me less for things and increase thanking Me for how I am working mightily in what you prayed for yesterday (and in the past).” The voice continued, “You pray about the same things over and over without any real expectation that your prayers have done anything positive. You are constantly looking for immediate results to make you believe. Steve, believe and you will see.”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). This “with thanksgiving” praying and supplication will bring a peace that surpasses understanding. That is a victorious mindset.
Am I saying that we should never pray about the same thing twice? No, there will be situations where we need to do so. However, we must stop the tendency of unbelieving repetitious prayer. So, let’s ask less and thank more concerning things we have already prayed about. It will create a sense of dominion and victory in our hearts.