Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

I Dare Ya~

Drop your pride – lose your agenda – and pray this:
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following
your will does not mean
that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that my desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope that I have that desire
in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.
– Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
(Thanks Andy for sharing this from Los)

Lord, Keep Me Safe??????

“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.

My Prayers Suck….

Rote lazy prayers….

Hate them!

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”?

What????

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 don’t.

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?

STTTRRREEETTTCCCHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!

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….