Different people have different spiritual gifts and strengths. God tells us this in 1st Corinthians. He also says that He designed us that way. In light of that, I’ve always admired Jennifer’s prayer life. It’s simple, but deep. She prays for big things, like pregnancies and tragedies, and for small things, like lost keys. And God responds!

I pray too. But sometimes, honestly, my mind wanders. Or I begin to address a problem by looking for a human solution before FIRST seeking heavenly wisdom and help. A couple of days ago, feeling some anxiety about the house that still hasn’t sold, some support still to raise, and other issues, I asked Jennifer to pray–trusting her “effective prayers”.

Jennifer said, “You know I am and will. But you pray too. You know God hears and answers YOUR prayers too, Jeff!” I was immediately reminded that the power is not in the one who prays, but in the One to whom we pray. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

When my own children come to me asking for things, I’m not judging them on the eloquence of the request. They don’t have to get every word perfect. I respond because I LOVE THEM! And our heavenly Father loves you and me. So certainly ask others to pray for you. Ask us. But pray yourself–in your imperfect, unique way. Your perfect, powerful Father wants to hear from you.