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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Prayer is the amazing opportunity to invite God into situations and relationships in order to bring hope and healing.
Yet much of prayer often seems to be simply rehearsing the difficulties and challenges and desperately begging God, “Please!”
Dutch Sheets, in his book Watchman Prayer, says it well. “Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God. It is a deposit slip — a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.”
When we focus on God and all He is, our perspective changes, our faith grows, and peace begins to settle over our bankrupt souls as we look to Him. Thankfulness begins to flow in the place where desperation resided.
Think about the situations and relationships that are troubling your heart. Set aside the blank check that you want God to fill and take instead the deposit slip of His character, and pray into those situations in a new way. It will change the way you pray and it will change you and your situations. Our part is to trust Him to work on our behalf. His part is to cause hope to overflow in our hearts.
Here’s an example of using the deposit slip of God’s character in your prayers for difficult circumstances:
Thank you, God, that You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all things. You know the details of this situation (name it). Thank You that You are my rock and my strength in the midst of this. Thank You that You can break through barriers that seem impossible to me. Please give me Your wisdom as I navigate through this. You alone are the God of heaven and earth. Your presence reaches even into this situation. May I be amazed at how You will work in these difficult circumstances as I trust You. Fill me with Your peace. Thank You that You will carry me and give me hope and help as You work Your resolve out for my good and for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Ask a mentor to pray with you and to specifically focus on God’s character in the midst of your situation. Or learn more about God's character.