1 Kings 18:36-39
At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
Throughout scripture, we read different examples of the prophets, disciples, and even Christ himself praying. The biggest part to focus on in prayers like the one above is the “so that”.
God, please do _____________, SO THAT ___________.
It’s not what we’re asking God, it’s the reason why we’re asking. Let me make it a little more real…
“God, please bless my family with a new home, SO THAT _____________”
“God, please give me this new promotion, SO THAT _____________”
It’s what follows the SO THAT that defines the motive behind the prayer. Do you find yourself constantly asking God to answer prayers that will solely bless you? If you feel like you’re in a rut with your prayer life… as if God may not be listening, I challenge you to examine your “so that”…