I’m having one of those weeks where I’m questioning the whole idea of prayer.
Does prayer work?
Does it change anything?
Is it beneficial for me? Or anyone I may be praying for?
Shocking. I know.
But… keepin’ it real.
There are A LOT of things to be praying about right now, and I just want some assurance that prayer works.
I pulled out an old Bible study book by Jennifer Kennedy Dean from a few years ago, remembering how much it encouraged my understanding of prayer. In fact, the first week is called The Purpose of Prayer.
Guys! I have forgotten how powerful this study is! It goes right along with tracking God… looking for Him in the midst of hard times.
I’ve been putting her ideas into practice and, all I can say is… God is so faithful!
He loves when we ask hard questions and then look for how he reveals himself.
Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
I’m using this verse as a keystone verse to looking for God in specific ways.
I started with the first phrase: Show me your ways.
I’m praying this line over and over all day long, all week long.
And… each day, I’m focusing on a different word of the phrase, emphasizing it as I pray.
(Are you still with me?)
For example, the first day— SHOW me your ways— my prayer went something like this:
SHOW me your ways, Lord. I want to see YOU, in and throughout my day. I want to grow in wisdom and understanding of you. I’m looking for YOU. Please, God… show more of who you are and how you are working in my life and in our nation.
And you know what….
I’m seeing God!
And I’m tracking the journey.
My favorite example was this morning when Eddie very casually told me he’s been fasting one day a week at work. He’s not eating or playing music while on the job.
I love that!
THAT’S God at work in my family, and what an example to me of how to incorporate a spiritual discipline into my daily routine.
I’m including a couple pictures from my journal to inspire you to pray this way and track the journey. I’d love to know how you are seeing God in the middle of all this craziness.
Try praying SHOW me your ways, O Lord, and let me know what happens.
I can’t WAIT to share with you the whack-on-the-side-of-the-head for me, as I’ve prayed, “Show ME your ways.”