Mark Batterson says that one of the primary reasons we don't pray through is because we run out of things to say.
Pray through the Bible.
*Prayer was never meant to be a monologue; it was meant to be a dialogue. Think of Scripture as God's part of the script; prayer is our part. Scripture is God's way of initiating a conversation; prayer is our response. The paradigm shift happens when you realize that the Bible wasn't meant to be read through; the Bible was meant to be prayed through.
Um, light bulb.
If we see the Bible as a big book of prayers to pray through, I doubt we will ever run out of things to say! If you don't know how to begin praying, pick a book of the Bible and read it as a prayer. When you don't feel like your requests are being heard, pray through the Bible. If your prayer life seems too stale and routine, you get the picture...PRAY THROUGH YOUR BIBLE! :)
As I mentioned in the video above, during my first prayer challenge I almost gave up on praying. I felt defeated and doubtful that God even heard my prayers. But then Raleigh sent me this Bible verse the next day. Instead of it being the Lord's command to Joshua, I read it as his command to me:
Be strong and courageous; because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; mediate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
-Joshua 1:6-9 NIV
Friends, when I switched my understanding of this text as words spoken from God to me, my prayer life changed. He took away my insecurities and replaced them with trust. How could I not be stronger when God specifically says that he is with me? How could I not believe that my prayer will be answered when he says that I will lead people and be successful in doing so if I keep his commands?
This week, I dare you to pray hard for your prayers. As my crossfit instructor says, "Don't be a wimpy poodle. Be a pitbull." Friends, let's put some "umph" in our prayers this week and pray through whatever might be making us weak. Let's be strong.
If you'd like to learn more about our New Year's Prayer Challenge, you can read this post about joining us for the next 21 Days.
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Want to go deeper?
- Complete the weekly prayer challenge sent to you by e-mail
- Read Chapters 8-11 this week in The Circle Maker
- Follow along with the New Start 15 Bible Reading Plan.
- Listen to today's song from our playlist as you circle your prayers