Thursday, October 8, 2009

Prayer - week 1

Sunday's Sermon Notes:

"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." Psalm 5 1-3

Talk to God:
1. with gut level honesty
2. about everything that matters to you
3. continually
4 AND listen for His response

Most of the time my prayers are really rushed. It's more like hey God, thank you for this...or hey God, please help me with this...or please give me patience with my students. When I stop to think about it, my prayers have been pretty lame. I mean really, is that ALL I have to say to God? Why don't I spend more time in prayer? Sometimes it's hard for me to focus. Sometimes I just choose to do other things. I truly do desire a deeper relationship with God. How can I expect for that relationship to grow when I'm not really investing much time with Him? This week has been different and has gone so much smoother. Situations haven't really changed, but my perspective has. Spending time with God makes all the difference. For me, the best way I communicate with God is by writing down my prayers. If I write while I'm praying, my prayers are much more focused and I'm able to stay on track. When I'm not writing them down, I either fall asleep or get easily side tracked with other thoughts. Writing things down also forces me to slow down a bit and listen. Then I can write down what God is showing me. I've slipped out of that practice, but I've started back this week and like I said, it makes all the difference. I just want to encourage you to find your own way to communicate with God and spend time with Him. He will change your life!

1 comment:

Dara Steward said...

I recently resurrected my journal. I really hadn't written much since Ryan and I got married. Too busy, or just couldn't see where to fit it in or didn't want to leave him to go off and write.

This Bible study I started a few weeks ago really has challenged us to not only write our prayers, but to get up before our families and spend time with God. I would love to say I have done it every day since, but I haven't. The days I do, however, go much much smoother. I don't loose patience quite as fast, etc. etc.

I love your post! Thanks for being an encouragement and example to the blogging world!