do it again

January 21, 2016

praying mom

Do you feel guilty when the sermon or topic is about prayer? In reality very few people pray enough, or the right way; and frankly most of the books written about prayer are incorrect. So how do we improve in this area of our life?

We must ask ourselves at this point how often we spend even a single morning in prayer. Would we even know what to do during an extended time of prayer? Would we fall asleep, or get bored and daydream, or use the time to think about other things, or plan our coming week? How often are you surprised that in the very act of praying you think the worst thoughts? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Too often, we think of prayer as just one-way communication with God, and we just do not have that much to say, especially since God knows everything anyway.

Or we might realize that prayer is two-way communication with God but fall prey to the fallacy that God speaks directly to us during prayer, so we just sit and wait for God to speak to us. Then we either get bored in the silence and go to sleep or mistake our own thoughts for the words of God.

Prayer is clearly two-way communication with God, but today God speaks to us through His Word. Even in the days when God spoke directly to people, His direct communication was rare and to only a select few, so people were encouraged to meditate and memorize whatever Scripture had already been revealed. Repeatedly, the psalmist expressed the importance of meditating on God’s Word while praying. Psalm 5:1–2 clearly shows the connection: “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray” (KJV). The word used here for meditation is a word that has the idea of murmuring or muttering. The object of meditation is the person and work of God and His Word.

The more you read the Word of God the more He speaks to you. And as I’m so fond of saying; “there’s the rub”

The second guiltiest topic, bible reading, we know we are supposed to do it, yet where and how do you fit it into your schedule. One way to start is to find more time by unplugging from the electronic world. Stop listening to talk radio, you already know how to think why let someone else tell you. Stop listening to the news, trust me if it’s bad enough you’ll hear about it. No tv while eating. Read your emails and look at ONE WEBsite and then call it quits.

Get the bible on dvd, or on your i_whatever, if you spend a lot of time in the car like I do can hear the whole bible in 4 days.

And if you fail, start over and over again, I know you’ve heard this before but it takes 15 straight days to make something a habit.

So start a good habit.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

 

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