Watch and Pray

This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.



Petition is humbly making a formal request or supplication (to beg or beseech) to one in authority. When petitioning, you are asking the Lord for a specific grant or benefit, earnestly entreating Him for grace, mercy and favor toward a particular need.

How do you petition the Lord?

  • You are to come to the Lord in childlike faith with your specific requests, knowing how much He desires to give good gifts to His children (see Matt. 7:11; Luke 18:17; Jas. 4:3).

What are the conditions for asking?

  • Make sure your petition is properly motivated and that it will glorify the Lord (see John 14:13; Jas. 4:2,3). Do not ask out of sheer selfishness.
  • Ask in faith without doubting. Asking plus believing equals receiving (see Matt. 21:21.22; Mark 11:23; Heb. 3:12; Jas. 1:6).
  • Ask in accordance with His will; His Word must be inside your heart (see John 15:7; Rom. 10:8-10; 1 John 3:18-22; 5:14.15).
  • Abide in the true vine—Jesus. Abiding is a two-way commitment. You must hear, believe and do His Word; then the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will make their abode in you (see John 14:23; 15:1-10).
  • Bear good fruit; it must also be lasting. His disciples prove to be good fruit bearers (see Matt. 7:15-27; 15:13; Luke 3:8,9; 8:14,15; John 15:2,16; Jude 12,13).
  • Ask in the name of Jesus. He has given you the authority to use His name. His name has power on earth and in heaven and hell. Everything has to bow to His name (see John 14:13; 16:23b-24; Phil. 2:9,10).

What should I ask for?

  • Whatsoever things you desire (see Mark 11:24; John 14:14; Phil. 4:6.).

When the Holy Spirit places a need or desire upon your heart, agree with Him, yield your will to His and begin to make your requests known to the Lord. As you pray and petition the Lord, He will birth a vision (mental impression) within your heart. This vision will always be in line with God’s Word. It must not be otherwise! (See “Hearing God’s Voice,” chapter 4.)

Petitions must be specific requests! Hannah, the mother of Samuel, wanted a baby with all her heart, so she petitioned God for a child. Not only did Hannah petition God for a child, but she also asked specifically for a son, making an unselfish vow to give him back to God for service unto the Lord.

The Lord heard her petition, granted her request, and Hannah bore a son; then she was obedient to fulfill her vow. Hannah had lived with her need for a long time; but when she expressed that need aloud, petitioning the Lord specifically, with a pure heart, she received exactly what she asked for (see 1 Sam. 1—2).

The following are other examples of petitions:

  • Jacob prayed for safety (see Gen. 32:9-12).
  • King Hezekiah asked God to spare his life (see 2 Kings 20:1-11).
  • Abraham’s servant prayed for success in his task of finding a wife for Isaac (see Gen. 24:12-14).
  • The blind man cried out to Jesus to regain his sight (see Mark 10:51).

God wants you to petition Him—to ask, to seek, to knock. He has promised that if you ask, you will receive (see Matt. 7:7,8). “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests [petitions] which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14,15). It is the Lord’s pleasure to answer prayer. It glorifies Him to fulfill your request (John 14:13). But He wants you to do your part— to ask, to petition and to be specific in prayer.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 (Types of Prayer) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves

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