Reactive Prayer vs. Proactive Prayer

For as long as I can remember, I have mostly practiced reactive prayer. When bad stuff happens, I pray for resolution. When I get worried about something, I pray about it. It always seems like I am praying for a miracle to solve some kind of problem.

Like the other day, the check engine light came on in my car. So I took the car to my mechanic and I prayed it wouldn’t be expensive or that I wouldn’t have to scrap this car and buy a different one. I ended up having to put some money into repairing the car, but I didn’t have a to go purchase a different car. So I felt like I ended up in the middle somewhere.

But what if I had been praying for my car to work long before the check engine light came on? Maybe it never would have happened and I wouldn’t have had to spend money on the repair. Maybe we would have caught something sooner and the repair wouldn’t have been so expensive.

Why don’t I pray for things that are already working correctly? Why don’t I pray in advance for protection over things that I need to keep running smoothly? Things like my home, my cars, my health, and for my family as they head out the door each day.

It seems like a no-brainer to me. So I have decided to practice more proactive prayer instead of waiting for things to go wrong before I take them to God. I need to be working on fixing the trouble before it happens.