02 May 2012

The WORD on Wednesday: Reflections on Brick Walls + Prayers

A brief departure from the tour of the Olympic Peninsula (even though this photo is from there)...

I've been troubled about my praying lately, feeling like there was a brick wall between me and God. My prayers seemed empty, hollow, repetitious, without passion or love.

Yet the needs kept coming into my 'inbox'; needs that were real and great; personal, family and other needs.

I know that the challenges in our life right now are big, and yet, are they larger then what others are going through? Are they larger then the early Christians faced? Different, yes, but not larger.

And then it occurred to me (and a friend also confirmed this) to pray the WORD of God...by this I mean to take scripture from the Bible, personalize it to that person that has the need and then voice this to the Almighty. It does make sense...praying the Words of God, who inspired men of God to pen them. Words of love, Words of power, Words of instruction; the Words of the ONE who knows each individuals REAL needs far more than I can.

So this is what I am determined to do and I have already tried it. Sometimes the right Scriptures pop into my mind at just the right time; other times I have to seek the out the right Words for a particular need (of course I have to be in the WORD to do that).

During my life I have prayed sentence prayers (Lord, help me through this-- said on the twisty and rainy Highway 20 high above Discovery Bay one day when a driver was crowding our vehicle). I have prayed from prayer books during some church services. I have prayed in other ways...and now I am praying the Word.

What are your experiences with prayer? Do you ever hit 'brick walls' in your prayer life? The Bible says to combine 'thanksgiving' with our prayers...do you do that?
Blessings, Aimee

The WORD on Wednesday
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness:
Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
 Psalm 4: 1
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry;
hold not Thy peace at my tears:
for I am a stranger with Thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Psalm 39:12
Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
Psalm 54:2
Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4: 6

and finally a personalized prayer...
good for a twisty Highway 20, above Discovery Bay, on a rainy day
 or any other scary situation you find yourself in.

(Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death),
I will fear no evil for Thou art with me...
  Psalm 23:4a

Dear God,
(As we travel this twisty road, I feel anxious because of the rain, the darkness 
and the fast drivers behind us that are crowding us)
Help me to fear no evil for YOU are with me.

All verses are taken from the King James Version.
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Lauren said...

I love the Olympic Peninsula! Our trip there last summer was one to be remembered! That was just a side note, because I love praying the Word as well! Doesn't it just open up the vistas of your prayer life like nothing else? I'm so glad you posted this to remind me to continue praying Scripture! One of my favorite tools is this link:http://www.navigators.org/us/resources/items/Thirty%20Days%20of%20Praying%20the%20Names%20and%20Attributes%20of%20God

I love reading and praying the Scripture it gives and then praying on the lines of a specific name of God--it's life-changing!

aimee said...

Thank you Lauren for your comment! Yes, I absolutely love the Olympic Peninsula and have spent much time up there! I am glad you also had a chance to get up there:)

I am so happy to know that you pray the Scripture too--I am still doing it and when I find something in the Bible that can easily be turned into a prayer for myself, family, etc. I mark it with a 'P'. Totally agree with what you are saying about prayer; it also brings me peace and joy (hope that makes sense).

Thank you for sharing the link---I am going to copy and bookmark it. Side note from me too...have you ever been to Glen Eyrie, the Navigator's Castle in Colorado Springs? It is an amazing place!

Thanks for your visit and thank you (and your sister for being my teachers in the Faith).


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