My husband and I prayed that God would direct where we’d sit and the conversations we would have at a donor appreciation banquet.
An elderly couple was sitting alone, so we joined them. Conversation flowed smoothly, and almost instantly became spiritual and very encouraging.
At one point she leaned over towards me, and said, “When I can’t sleep at night I quote the psalms.” She started quoting Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”
I continued, “I shall not want.”
She took over, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” We went back and forth until we had quoted the entire psalm.
For us, that night, God-directed conversation meant “speaking to one another in psalms,” just like Ephesians 5:19 says.
As the end of the dinner, she said, “Such rich conversation is rare, especially between strangers.”
I said, “We prayed that the Lord would direct us.”
She said, “So did we.”
He [Jesus] always lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
Be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1).
Pray like Jesus.
I’m a teacher. I’m always asking God to help me reach and teach my students.
Last week I prayed a very specific prayer. I asked Him to send someone to tell me if there was a better way for me to set up the small resource room I teach in.
That very morning, during my prep period, a teacher who I rarely see popped her head in and said, “I really like this new room set up. It eliminates distraction.”
That’s all she said.
God. Hears. Our. Prayers.
Worship is prayer that is motivated by dependence, admiration and a sense of God’s greatness.*
Worship the Lord with reverence (Psalm 2:11).
*adapted from Howard B. Evans, Praying the Scriptures, p.40.
I picked up Evan B. Howard’s book, Praying the Scriptures, in our church’s library today.
He suggests we “talk honestly to God using the words of Scripture.”*
He wrote, “I hope that I can help your prayer times be more real.”*
*Evan B. Howard, Praying the Scriptures, p.20,26.
I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective (Philemon 6).
That reminds me that Jesus says, “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).”
Pray that way.
Paul tells about his prayers for Philemon: “I thank God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and the faith you have toward the Lord Jesus (Philemon 4-5).”
Paul modeled a relational prayer that we can emulate. “Lord, I’m thankful for and thinking about ______ because of his _____. ”