Lately when I've gone to God in prayer, I have found myself usually focused on just one of His attributes at a time. For example, when asking for wisdom I might key on the verse from Romans describing God's wisdom (Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways.) I would focus on that verse and that part of God's character when asking for help in how to deal with an item or issue in my life. I confess that prayers like this are often last minute desperation appeals to God, because I haven't taken the proper time to consider how God's character and all of his attributes will impact how He answers my prayers.
The amazing thing about God is that His character and attributes are always fully manifesting themselves. All God's attributes are always fully present and active. Thus His wisdom is also merciful, holy, loving, omniscient and so on.
My question is, if we consider God's full character when we pray? Or do we just grab one of His attributes at a time? When we pray have we stopped to consider how a God who is righteous and living will answer our prayers for wisdom? Taking the time to fully consider all of God's attributes will have a big impact on the way that we pray. Studying the Scriptures to learn about God's character will have a tremendous long term impact on our prayer lives. Loving God means that we learn, understand and love all of His awesome attributes. As we mature in our faith, our prayers should reflect our knowledge of Him.
- Jim Day