A Praying Life (week 9)

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A PRAYING LIFE – Week 9 (last)

“speed of the leader, speed of the church”

Like many of you, your Pastor wishes he prayed more. I pray for 1-3 minutes in the mornings before I get my body moving out of bed. To get my morning started I pray a few sporadic sentence prayers for my heart, life goals and daily agenda. I pray when I’m driving but am often distracted – probably for good reason which saves my life! I pray several more sentence prayers throughout the day on various topics. I pray a bit more focused during my evening devotional time. Before my head sinks in the pillow I pray more sentence prayers about the day and for my family. In all, I wish I prayed more.

One of the ways I’m going to attempt to become more focused in prayer is by committing to the discipline of journaling. I already blog but that is often for public communication and teaching. I’m going to journal for me. I’ve often tried before but get frustrated when months go for consistent journal entries. However, this time I am giving myself the freedom to journal as it fits. In other words, I will view journaling merely as a tool rather then the means for my focused praying. The one major thing I have learned from reading Paul Miller’s book is to pray under the context of the gospel. Prayer should not be another activity that we drudge through so we can feel closer to God. That fades quickly. No, prayer is our relational communication with our Heavenly Father. It’s learning dependence upon God for everything – yes, everything. I am in this for the journey. I hope you will come along for the ride.

“You don’t need self-discipline to pray continuously; you just need to be poor in spirit.” p.65

Psalm 23 – Without The Good Shepherd written by David Brown

1 I am on my on. I have unending needs, wants and frustration.

2 I am restless on a merry-go round and like a tossed wave of the sea.

3 My soul is overwhelmed with brokenness and disappointment from my selfishness.

4 I stumble and fall in the clouds of darkness over my life. I am haunted by depression and death.

5 I go without friends, family, food and experience a complete emptiness of life.

6 What is the point? Is there hope? Where do I turn?

 

The Good Shepherd Exercise: cross out everything that doesn’t relate to the Good Shepherd or His work and discover what you find.

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Jesus modeled PSALM 23 in his life.
Jesus means PSALM 23 for your life!

 

 APPLICATIONS

ð     What questions or applications do you have regarding “A Praying Life”?

ð     Read and reflect on both above psalms. Spend some honest time praying to God expressing your heart… ask Him to refill your faith, trust, hope and dependence upon God.

ð     Pray for each other and our church as the Good Shepherd guides 2010-2011.

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