Prayer is a wonderful gift that the Lord has provided for us to commune and communicate with Him. We know that when we spend time with someone we learn more about them. We get to know them better. Prayer offers us an opportunity to get know God better through speaking and hearing from Him directly. Prayer is a one-on-one conversations we are privileged to have with the Divine.
Another way that God speaks to us is through His word. Scripture reveals His plan and His will to us. The pages of the Bible paint a picture of what God is like, what He values, and what He has done for humanity over the course of time. Scripture helps us know God on a deeper level. It also reveals our innermost thoughts and desires.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
While it is impossible to exhaust all we can learn about God from reading and meditating on Scripture, prayer offers us a different challenge. We can easily fall into a trap of redundancy and grow stale in our prayer. Crazy at that sound, given who the source of the gift of prayer is, it’s true. We can easily look up and find ourselves praying for the same things over and over and over again.
I believe one solution to this conundrum is learning to pray using the actual words found in the Bible. We can pray that God is our refuge, our ever-present help in times of trouble. We can express that God is good and holy and that we are grateful for the blessing of Jesus that we have through His death on the Cross. We can pray the pleas and joys found in the Psalms or we can pray the words of wisdom found in Proverbs.
This simple method will help us deepen our prayer life and help us get to know God better.
A Prayer from an ancient Jewish translation based on Psalm 8
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
I hope you find this post helpful and inspiring. May it fuel your prayer life and lead to an increased knowledge of our God.
The Devotional Guy™
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