1.8.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 53. Keep praying…

DEVOTION:

So that’s where Lewis ends the book. Or….shall I say, that’s where the folks who assembled this collection of essays decided to end the book.

That being said…I don’t feel like I’m any closer to understanding if I’m praying the right way or not. I feel as though I’m maybe even more confused about all of this.

But I do know this. I’m going to keep praying. Keep praying even in the midst of the doubt, uncertainty, hopelessness and beyond. I’m going to keep conversing with my Father because I believe that that’s the right thing to do. I want to know Him more and the only way I can do that is to talk with Him more. Lean on Him more and depend on Him more.

So…my prayers will continue. I’ll continue to base them on the prayer that Jesus taught us all those years ago:

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:7-15

So I hope you join in this continuing life of prayer. Not grandstanding in your prayers, not praying to impress or praying to make your words be heard. But praying so that you may know the Father better. That you may know Jesus better. Praying so that your relationship with Him may grow. Praying so that your requests may be heard, so that your Father in heaven will know you more and will hear your concerns and your cares more. Praying so that you can help others with your prayers.

I pray today that as you pray, your prayers would do nothing but draw you closer and closer to Jesus.

6 Comments

  1. NELA E on January 8, 2021 at 6:19 am

    I struggle with prayer. I often find myself “asking” without acknowledging God’s sovereignty. In dire situations it’s an understandable thing to do. In my everyday prayer life, though, I need to give thanks and honor to God for Who he is and what He has done for me.

    • Sherri H on January 17, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Just pray from your heart doesn’t have to be elaborate, I always felt like my prayers weren’t good enough until God showed me they didn’t have to be some long elaborate prayer , just from my heart

  2. Jonathan B on January 8, 2021 at 7:08 am

    I begin with “good morning God” or “Good afternoon God” then roll from there. God is always listening and always attentive to our truths, faults and struggles. Just talk with him. He will guide you. He will guide your words. He will guide your heart; if you’re willing to let him. Put your trust in him. That is harder than praying for me. I am about 60% there on trusting him with my life. I am working every day to give more of me to him. He will provide. If you want to talk I am available to talk to most of the time (except when I’m in class or sleeping. LOL) Thank you Jesus for giving me the breath to breathe. Thank you for the morning I get to see. Thank you for those you have surrounded me with. Amen.

  3. Suzanne on January 8, 2021 at 7:30 am

    There was definite value in this study. The quotes, devotions, and discussions were thought provoking. I felt Lewis ran in a lot of directions but, I do that too until, I land on a solid conclusion. For me, all the directions keep leading back to the Word. LOL I hope to soon avoid the detours and to just begin at my destination. Keep renewing keep renewing Romans 12:2

    For prayer, I started a few years ago to pray the scriptures. It strengthens me to know God has already thought about everything. I like that the word is a constant in ever changing situations.
    As far as praying FOR other people, it is usually a “Lord, your hand upon the situation” Praying WITH other people, I quote scripture ( a quick google search will land on it). If they are Christian they usually receive it. If they are not Christian, a part of them is searching since they are allowing prayer. I will add …This is how it can help, this is how it helped me, it is ok to not fully believe just be open to growth. I think it is important for people to know how to pray for themselves. Jesus, was praying alone, even though his friends were only a stones throw away. Yes, seek prayer but, also know how to go to God directly also.

    I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.1 Corinthians 3:6-9

    Romans12: 2 Do not be conformed to this world,3 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

  4. Barbara S on January 8, 2021 at 8:46 am

    When we started this study I had a really difficult time with the idea of a ‘right’ way to pray. We are ending the study and I still strongly believe it doesn’t how you pray. It matters that you pray. It matters where your heart is. I generally start with Good morning Lord and I love you Lord. I mostly talk to him about anything and everything throughout the day. Sometimes a lot, sometimes not so much! And there are those times when I don’t know what to say and it’s just Lord or Oh Lord! For me it’s not a matter of right or wrong it’s like Faith it just is…

  5. Jennifer H on January 9, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    For me prayer is so important my day just is not complete without prayer! And I find myself speaking with God the majority of my day. Whether it be out loud or in the quietness of my heart I choose to make conversation with him as much as possible! I too believe that there is no right or wrong way to pray. I do make it a point to give him praise honor and Glory before anyting because I know that without him I would not be where I am today I know that without him there are some things that I just would not get through. Have a wonderful day!

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