Sunday, July 8, 2012

Task Prayer

James 5:17
Elijah was a man just like us.
He prayed earnestly that it would not rain,
and it did not rain on the land
for three and a half years.

There is fellowship prayer. There is task prayer. Both are important forms of prayer.

Task prayer is terrific labor and takes much energy.

It is closest to intercessory prayer.

It is a very focused prayer about an intense need.

Here are some characteristics of task prayer:
  • It has a clear goal; it is very focused.
  • It uses simple words.
  • It mobilizes all the emotion in our heart.
  • It is persistent (Luke 18:1-8).
When we have an intense need, we will usually practice task prayer.

Oh God, help me to have
the faith, persistence and emotion
of Elijah when I pray.

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