Friday, December 31, 2010

"Prayer is our greatest Christian privilege and our greatest Christian failure." ~ Pastor Adrian Rodgers
Have you ever felt like this?  Is a fruitful, faithful prayer life something that eludes you?  Do you WANT to be a prayer warrior, but you
  • fall asleep
  • lose your focus and start making up your grocery list
  • feel like your prayers aren't "working?"
  • don't really know HOW to pray?
Several years ago, in my struggle with this prayer issue and my feeling that my prayers were ineffective and small, I remembered this verse:

"so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."  ~ Isaiah 55:11
I had a thought:  why don't I pray GOD'S WORDS back to Him !  Seemed alot better than my own words!

The best way seemed to start with the Psalms, which already includes 150 songs & prayers to the Lord . . . so I created a schedule of daily readings, and a simple 3-step process for meditating on each daily Psalm:
  • What can I learn about God through this Psalm?
  • How can I praise God through this Psalm?
  • Pray this Psalm back to the Lord    
I found that writing my answers & prayers kept my mind focused - and also gave me something tangible to go back to over time.  This Psalm-praying can just as easily be a mental exercise as you are reading the Psalm . . .

So come join me on this prayer journey! 

"Prayer is life's greatest privilege, and it's also life's greatest need."