Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23
I wish I was a better at praying. I have friends who seem to touch the throne of God with their prayers, each word sounds so beautiful and “godly.” My prayers seem pretty plain.
Don’t get me wrong, I know God is more concerned with our heart than our delivery but I would love to verbally express my love, devotion, and faith in the God who changed my life forever, in a way that He deserves.
The Apostle Paul sure had a way with words when he prayed. Here are a couple of prayers he prayed in Thessalonians:
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. —1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. —2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
The things that Paul prayed for the Thessalonians, I want in my life:
- Make me holy in every way
- Keep my whole spirit, soul and body blameless until Christ comes again
- Enabled me to live a life worthy of His call
- Give me the power to accomplish all the good my faith prompts me to do
- May the name of Jesus be honored because of the way I live
- I will be privileged to be honored when Jesus is honored
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
Now that’s a pretty powerful prayer! Those are definitely things I need and want in my life but have trouble finding the words. I don’t have to; I can use Paul’s words.
If you’re struggling with knowing how to pray or finding the words to pray to convey your heart, use the scriptures, we can turn just about anything in the Word of God into a prayer.
I’ve done this many times. I like to write them out and add my name, my family’s name, or someone the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention.
Over the years God has prompted me to write prayers of encouragement to people I’ve met along the way, using this method. Those prayers were straight from the Word of God; so I was just sending a prayer or love-letter for God, I was His delivery agent!
If you’re like me and you wish you were better at praying, go straight to the Word of God. Your Bible is your greatest guidebook for prayer.
Knowing God more through His Word, means knowing how to pray powerful, heart-felt prayers!
I’m so glad to be on the Journey with you!
Sending Blessings Your Way!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 18:24-19:20, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3:23