- How often do you pray?
- What kinds of things do you pray for?
- Have you ever felt that you didn't know what to pray for?
Reading: Psalm 139: 7
Over the years, I’ve been able to do some research on prayer. I’ve studied different styles of prayer, how you “should” pray, and how prayer improves the spiritual well-being of each of us.
A short time ago, I read a devotional book that had a new interesting twist on prayer. The author writes," A few years back, I started beginning my prayers differently. I began saying to God, 'You go first.' Then I would quietly wait for thought to start crossing my mind. I assumed that God would bring to mind the most important things I needed to pray about. If they were positive thoughts, I would pray them back with joy. If they were negative thoughts, I would pray about them with courage and honesty."
Ever since I read this, I’ve been intrigued. I occasionally try it and he is right; usually, something comes to mind that I should pray about. I think it is good for us to remember that when we turn to God in prayer, it should not just be a laundry list of things we want. Rather, we should look to God in praise, thanksgiving, and in genuine conversation with our maker. Perhaps if we listened more than we talked, new and interesting things might start happening in our lives! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray the following prayer. Christ Jesus, our Shepherd and Savior, give us water when we thirst, food when we hunger, and life when we face death. Thanks be to you for satisfying our needs. Amen.
(This prayer taken from the Moravian Daily Texts. To sign up to get daily e-mails with a Bible verse and prayer, go to the following web address: http://www.moravian.org/daily_texts/)