Prayers and Promises

weekly theme #41 Prayers and Promises* 

week containing the Sunday between August 7 and 13

The prayers of Scripture seem different from the prayers I hear today.  They were more personal and simultaneously more reverent.  Sometimes they sound more like fond reminiscing, as when I say to a friend, “Do you remember when you…”.  Sometimes the prayers sound schizophrenic, talking of God’s faithfulness in times past and in the next paragraph complaining because God isn’t doing enough now.  Other times they simply share their wants and their needs with Father then put their trust in whatever he decides.  Why don’t I hear more prayers like those?  Why don’t I pray more like that?  Perhaps it’s because the LORD and I aren’t close enough.  We are in this life together, him and me.  He invested a lot to save me, and I forget that fact.  He has earned the right to own me, let alone to have me treat him with respect.  I can trust him to love me, even when he uses me to benefit others.  He deserves that faith – that devotion.

I’m struggling to combine the thoughts and feelings of this week into paragraph form.  A number of bullet points are my best offering.

  • God has saved me time after time, but I still fail to walk in faith.  I still fail to pray naturally and constantly.  I still fail; he still saves.
  • Prayers for my faithfulness during trouble are as critical as prayers for my deliverance from those troubles – actually, probably more.
  • I need prayer in the week of sunshine as much as the in the day of the storm.
  • Jesus’ prayer for me requires me to sacrifice.  (John 17:20-21)

“LORD, let me be wise from yesterday, relish today, and welcome tomorrow.”

*A Guide To Prayer by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections.  I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used.  It truly lives up to its title.

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