DEVOTION: More from the book “Praying the Bible”
“Jesus said that to pray this way is to pray in vain, for in the Sermon on the Mount he warned, “When you pray, do not heap empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. (Matthew 6:7).” He goes on to say this….”We believe in prayer but because we always say the same old things it drains most of the motivation from talking with God and we condemn ourselves as spiritual failures.”
Anyone ever feel this way? Where the same words come out talking about the same things. Then because you keep praying the same prayer the prayers become stale?
I have a song called “God’s TV” and the second verse starts out like this:
“If my life’s a show on God’s TV He must be tired of the re-runs, the same thing everynight.”
Now, I know that this is a very “human” way of looking at this but it kind of makes a little sense. It’s almost like watching the same episode of your favorite TV show every night. We want to maybe change…but it’s safe to keep doing the same thing.
This is especially true in our prayer life. Especially when you’re not wanting to pray “dangerous” prayers. Prayers that pull you out of your comfort zone, prayers that make change happen, prayers that make your palms sweat…
But, I think that’s where God’s calling us. Into the deeper waters, into the un-comfort zone.
Do this….maybe find something new to pray for once a week. Start small. Start with just a small change up and let it grow. The results may surprise you.