Are You Stuck in Your Prayer Life?

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Did you ever feel stuck in you prayer life? I did. I remember sitting in the prayer room (yea, we are the directors of a 24/7 prayer room) praying, and God asked me “when was the last time you prayed?” I was shocked!  “God I am sitting here in the prayer room praying!” Ever so gently He asked or maybe even told me “what are you praying?”  So if you can imagine me sitting there, being asked by God what I was praying, thinking well, you’re God didn’t you just hear me?

This was a defining moment in my life. It has changed me forever, and God has me in ‘The School of Prayer’ ever learning.

I began to remind God what I was praying for, that I was in the prayer room, praying for all the things I wanted, wanted Him to take care of and do, the bless this and that and them prayer, and a whole 10 minutes of my 2 hour set had passed. What are you praying? I could not shake the question and since I could not seem to answer, He asked another question. “What does my Word say?”

It was this moment that I began to cry. Not because I knew that God was right, but I didn’t or couldn’t answer. Why? My bible remained shut, but my prayer list lay open.  I lay down my list, my pen and my pride, opened my bible to Matthew (because aren’t you to start in the beginning of the New Testament?)  Anyway – I was drawn to the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer. So I prayed that. But still had that nagging question over me “What does my Word say”, so I kept going until I came to verse 33. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.

My mind began to explode with questions and thoughts. Seek first. My first prayer at any moment is to seek God first and these things are added. How easily we say “Dear God” and think that is the seeking, and then we begin to pray for the things. I hear that commercial in my head “that’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works”  How many times have we prayed and not even acknowledged God?

I am not sure how much time Candace has for me here so let me get to what I learned. Our prayer life is to seek God, His Kingdom, acknowledge His righteousness, (Our Father in Heaven, Holy be your name), then “these things” that are added, aren’t new clothes, cars or husbands. They are the things above that verse, the life of the Kingdom. He already knows what we need physically, but we are very slow to realize what we need spiritually is priority.  My job isn’t to tell God what is needed, or send him my pinterest items so he knows what to get me. My prayer life is to look like that of Jesus, who was about His Father’s business, all the time. My prayer life is to be this constant communion in thought and words to my Father. Can you imagine if with your earthly dad or mom, you only ever talked to them when you wanted new shoes?

I know, right? We think we have this right to demand things of God without even seeking God, knowing him, what is His desire? Or think of Jesus. If  he is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding, it would be wise to know what he is praying and join him. (John 17 is what he is praying)

So that day in the prayer room, God began to take me on this amazing journey of living a life that is spent in prayer. Not for things, but seeking God.

My passion is to help people learn to love and pray the Word, and begin to seek God first.  God showed me that what I read in the bible is prayer.  So I wrote a little bible reading journal to help you discover and journey like I did. Document your spiritual journey as you learn about our Father God, His Son and The Holy Spirit.

Reading the Bible is like reading a relationship in prayer with our Father. But let’s face it we all struggle to find time to read or keep up with journaling and praying. Where do we start? How do we enter into a praying life with the Word? So my resource combines study and reading of the word with personal journal reflections as prayer, using the acrostic P.R.A.Y.  It’s called One Day Legacy, because each day we are creating a legacy for ourselves and for others.

My prayer is “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…”(Colossians 3:16)

One Day Legacy can be purchased on Amazon

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14494603_1227703307250024_2787897893365176489_nKim and her husband, Brian live in Lititz, PA. Together they pastor a Micro Church Network under DOVE USA. They started City Gate Lancaster in 2007 and have expanded to other cities. Kim leads Her Legacy, a regional women’s movement that teaches and empowers women with the Word of God. Kim has led worship for over 20 years and written many worship songs. Sharing insights in spirituality with others has been her passion since a young age. Kim and Brian have two daughters and one son-in-law. Follow Kim on Facebook and follow her blog here!

 

3 Ways to Apply a Psalm to Your Life

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The words of old are still applicable for us today. God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet, a light to our path. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. If we say that His Word can’t still speak to us today, we are saying that God Himself can no longer speak to us.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in need of God to be my Shepherd, to lead me beside quiet waters, to restore my soul, to guide me in paths of righteousness.

God has given us the book of Psalms to show us the humanity of the Psalmist and to remind us of where our hope must be placed. The Psalms remind us that even David, a man after God’s own heart, had failures and was cleansed, worshiped freely, had many times where he didn’t know what to do, and proclaimed his trust in His God despite the scary circumstances around him.

Read the 3 Ways to Apply a Psalm to Your Life over at Crosswalk…

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Praying Your Own Psalm 136

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When we pray God’s Word, we are aligning our hearts with the will of God. We are proclaiming that we believe His Word to be true. We are asking Him to complete His perfect will in us.

Psalm 136 is the perfect Psalm to read, meditate on and pray. It’s also especially perfect for cultivating gratitude. And when we take the words and make them our own it becomes even more personal.

My Psalm 136

I give thanks to You, Lord, for You are good!

Your mercy endures forever.

You’ve saved me from myself time and time again.

Your mercy endures forever. 

You’ve provided strength when I had none of my own.

Your mercy endures forever.

You comfort me when I need Your comfort.

Your mercy endures forever.

You are my light in times of darkness.

Your mercy endures forever. 

You are my provider, my portion, my sufficiency.

Your mercy endures forever.

Your grace is enough.

Your mercy endures forever. 

Psalm 136

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
    For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
    For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
    For His mercy endures forever:

To Him who alone does great wonders,
    For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
    For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
    For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who made great lights,
    For His mercy endures forever—
The sun to rule by day,
    For His mercy endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule by night,
    For His mercy endures forever.

10 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
    For His mercy endures forever;
11 And brought out Israel from among them,
    For His mercy endures forever;
12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm,
    For His mercy endures forever;
13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    For His mercy endures forever;
14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,

For His mercy endures forever;
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
    For His mercy endures forever;
16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
    For His mercy endures forever;
17 To Him who struck down great kings,
    For His mercy endures forever;
18 And slew famous kings,
    For His mercy endures forever—
19 Sihon king of the Amorites,
    For His mercy endures forever;
20 And Og king of Bashan,
    For His mercy endures forever—
21 And gave their land as a heritage,
    For His mercy endures forever;
22 A heritage to Israel His servant,
    For His mercy endures forever.

23 Who remembered us in our lowly state,
    For His mercy endures forever;
24 And rescued us from our enemies,
    For His mercy endures forever;
25 Who gives food to all flesh,
    For His mercy endures forever.

26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
    For His mercy endures forever.

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Praying Psalm 100

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When my children were little, every Thanksgiving we would memorize Psalm 100 together. I have such happy memories of my little three, four and five year olds reciting God’s Word with praises of thanksgiving to Him!

When we speak aloud His Word we are affirming Him, we are praising Him, we are asking for the Lord’s will to be done in our lives!

Praying the Scriptures has transformed my prayer life. If you’re new to this concept, please head over to this page and read more!

Join me in reading, meditating on and praying Psalm 100 today!

Psalm 100

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

A Prayer Based on Psalm 100

Lord, I come before you with joyful praises! Help me to always serve you with gladness. I come before You with singing and worship. I know and acknowledge you as Lord, You are God. It is You who made us, not we ourselves; we are Your people, the sheep of Your pasture.

Thank you for making me Your sheep. You are a loving Shepherd and I trust You.

I will enter Your presence with thanksgiving and praise. I come before You with a thankful heart and bless Your Name. For You are good, Your mercy is everlasting, and Your truth endures to all generations.

Amen.

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A Prayer from Psalm 17

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“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 17:6-8

Lord, I call on You, I know and trust You will answer me. Show me the wonders of Your great and steadfast love. You have saved me and I find refuge in You. Keep me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me in the shadow of Your wings…

Being hidden in the steadfast love of our heavenly Father is a beautiful thing. To be hidden and sheltered and provided for and covered by His love gives us security and peace and contentment.

Think about the things we hide from others…our shame, our faults, the hidden sins, the jealousy, the pride.

Yet, with God…it is a beautiful and wonderful thing to be hidden. He sees the shame, the faults, the sins, the jealousy and pride. And He pulls us close, covers us with His wings and heals our hearts. Being hidden in Christ brings healing. Being hidden in Christ means our enemies can’t touch us. Our salvation and our hope and our joy is secure. We are covered. Covered in love. Healed by love.

Read more about Praying God’s Word here…

Many of us are reading a Psalm a day for the next 150 Days…the Psalms are a balm to my weary soul. If you’d like to join us, you can read more about it here. Also, join me on Instagram to see my daily posts. Look for the hashtags #150DaysInThePsalms or #PrayingThePsalms or #PraiyngTheScriptures