DEVOTION: Continuing yesterday’s thought.
Just to be clear and say that it’s actually OK to pray for the same things. It’s actually very normal for someone to pray for the same things. Your family, friends, health, peace, protection, your job etc. All of this is very normal and healthy to pray for. Just want that to be clear. God wants to be involved in the every day, the ins and outs of our lives.
“Therefore, the problem is not that we pray about the same things, rather, it’s that we say the same things about the same things.”
When we get into these habits of praying the same old things the same way all the time, things start to stagnate. They start to get boring. Sometimes maybe we feel like not even praying. And…when we don’t feel like praying…it’s hard to pray. That’s just our human nature.
So…what’s the solution?
According to this author, it’s simple. We’ve been given the desire to pray by the Holy Spirit in us. God put that Spirit in us. We need to pray, because prayer is how we stay in touch with God, so let’s make it a little more exciting.
“When you pray, pray through a passage of scripture, particularly a Psalm. The best place for learning to pray through a passage of scripture is in the book of Psalms.”
I agree with him. Since we started this read through the Bible on 1/1/21, the reading sessions have been ending with a Psalm. It’s been incredible to read them both silently and out loud. They are literal prayers written by those writers all those years ago.
Try it today. Go read Psalm 4. Read it silently and read it out loud.
More on this tomorrow….