Shout, Shout, Shout

December 18, 2014

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Psalms 89:14-18

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
mercy and truth shall go before Your presence.
15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout.
They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your presence.
16 In Your name they rejoice all the day,
and in Your righteousness they shall be exalted.
17 For You are the beauty of their strength;
by Your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For the Lord is our shield of defense,
and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

 

The number one question asked this week was; “how can I improve my prayer life” or “I don’t know how to pray.”

 

Praying is just speaking to God, pray about whatever is on your mind, make a list of people that you know that need prayer, and pray the scriptures.

 

So take our verse today Psalms 89:14-18

 

Look at the key words, thoughts, themes.

 

One of the things that may pop out at you is what in the world is a “joyful shout”?

 

This is also a prayer about a nation, a country, his people, and his throne. Think about including that in your prayer.

 

Clement, one of Peter’s early successors as bishop of Rome, prayed, “O Lord, who brings to naught the designs of the nations, O Ruler, who raises the lowly and humbles the lofty, have mercy on those who are disheartened! Raise us who have fallen, show thyself to those who entreat thee, and heal those who are sick. Feed the hungry, free our captives, strengthen the weak, encourage those who lose heart! All nations shall know that thou alone art God.”

 

Learning to pray is all about having the desire to pray, not wishing. I hear people all the time say “I wish I could play the guitar like that, or I wish I could skate like that.” They say that after watching someone that has spent months or years doing it and they are really saying they want to be able to that without expending any effort.

Learning to pray is just like that, you can’t wish it to happen. It takes an effort. You know how much I hate clichés but here’s one for you, “anything worth doing right is worth doing well.” But just think, praying is the one thing you can practice without any one finding out. In your car, your home, while out walking the dog.

 

There is only one book in all the world I recommend about praying, ‘How to pray’ by E. M. Bounds, it’s actually 5 books, so look for the “complete works by E. M. Bounds. Avoid any book written on prayer that’s been written after 1970. (Just my personal preference, and you will save yourself time, effort and money and trial and error, sticking with the one work by Mr. Bounds.)

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Please continue to pray for Olivia and her health

Pray for all the nations that are facing dire changes for the worse.

Pray for your own country.

Pray for pastors to really hear from God.

Pray you learn what a joyful shout is.

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