Posts Tagged ‘prayer’
“The desire for safety stands against every noble human endeavor.” – Tacitus, Roman philosopher
If I really believe that my purpose here on this earth is to glorify my Creator Jesus Christ, then I must stop praying the “Lord, keep me/us safe” prayer.
Instead my prayer needs to be – “Today Lord, through whatever means necessary, be glorified through me.”
….and then be man enough to pray it.
Rote lazy prayers….
Guilty myself of offering up these half-hearted memorized, routine, babble to THE Creator of all things.
Words like “I praise you for who you are”?
I can just sense God thinking “Who DOOOOOO you think I am? What are you praising me for???
Luke warm prayers at best.
So because you are not one thing or the other, I will have no more to do with you. – Rev 3:16
Would you say that you have a fervent prayer life – one that is full of consistent passion and intentionality?
I desire that, from the deepest recesses of my heart I desire a fervent prayer life – ugh.
So this morning I’m asking myself a few questions:
1 – Where do I pray my best prayers?
2 – When am I at my best?
3 – When am the freshest?
My most fervent prayers seem to occur when I verbally recognize God and His amazing attributes.
It’s time that we stretch our vocabulary beyond the big 3 attributes of God that we almost exclusively focus upon in our private and public prayers – Loving, Holy, and Gracious.
Why do we limit him to such few when the Bible is stuffed full of 250 names and attributes of our God?
Try this exercise right now. I heard Bill Hybels preach on this prayer strategy and it is amazing!
Alphabet Attributes – pray out loud through the alphabet, coming up with a different attribute to correspond with each letter. But don’t just stop there, then tell Him how that attribute blesses your life. Like:
“A” – All Knowing – Father you alone are are in control of my circumstances today. Please help me rest today in your sovereign arms. The moment that I begin to worry about finances today, will you gently remind me that you are the source of all wisdom and knowledge?
Do this through the alphabet. Take 1 letter each morning and spend the day focusing on this truth.
Lord, I’m tired of lazy prayers…help me seek you with passion….