A long time ago I heard a very good sermon on praying. I don’t remember who gave it but I do remember what it was about. The essence of the sermon was on how people grow weary of praying for the same things everyday and every night. Our usual prayers consist of first thanking God for all our blessings and sometimes we name the ones we received that day and sometimes we name every one we can think of. Next we pray for our family members naming some sometimes naming all of them. Then we pray for our friends and their families, our church family and whatever problems we know they are having. Then we may pray for the world situation, the President, the war, the starving children, or the horrible things that took place in the news that day. By this time we are overwhelmed with all the things to pray for and we are feeling saddened instead of joyful.
So, the sermon I heard so long ago was on how to alternate prayer and turn “Psalms into your own words. For example take Psalm 64 and make it your own. This Psalm was a prayer to the Lord from David to listen to his complaints. You could make this prayer your own by praying to stop the terrorists from their evil plots.
Psalm 64: (KJV)
Hear my voice, O God: listen to my prayer. Please preserve the life of our soldiers throughout the earth from wicked men and criminals. They cut them down with their sharp tongues; they aim their bitter words like arrows straight at the heart. They shoot from ambush at innocent men, women and children. They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding the snares; they say, “Who will see them?” the terrorist plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning.
But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. All mankind will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.” Let righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him, let all the upright in heart shall have glory.
This does take some practice but just change the words while you are reading a Psalm and make it more personal as it will be your prayer unto the Lord. Be blessed.
Estelle P. Shrum – Author, He Is The Word
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