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Time to Pray

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May 15, 2019
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My dedication is good, but my content is poor.

Psalm 88:1-18

Reference: v. Lord, you are the God who saves me;
day and night I cry out to you. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: To be totally honest with you… I am really struggling with my prayer life at the moment.

As I am a fairly structured and routine kind of gal, I like to have a set time to do the things that are important to me, so that they are not forgotten. My regular prayer time is in the car as I drive to work. This works well as I am on my own, cannot be interrupted, and it’s a decent amount of time for me to spend in prayer.

I found my prayers were getting repetitive, and so I started praying about a different topic for each day of the week. This was good for awhile, but I’m thinking that if I’m getting bored with these prayers, then surely God is too.

My dedication is good, but my content is poor.

I’m also in a place at the moment where I seem to come up blank. It’s like I don’t even know what to pray for anymore.

Application: The positive thing about my spiritual disciplines at the moment, is that I have continued to enjoy reading the Bible. In one sense the verses I have been reading are like prayers for me.

The Psalms are a great book to delve into to find words for our prayers. I may not feel everything that the Psalmist is expressing, but it certainly gives me some understanding of how to pray.

I am by no means a poet, and God never expects me to be. We don’t always have to come up with the words ourselves, but can use the words of scripture, songs, books or other’s prayers as a way to communicate with God.

Prayer: Lord, may we find the words that are able to express our love and commitment to you. Amen.

How is your prayer life going?