PRAYING POINTS from Sunday 03.20.2022, "Conversations with God."

Updated: Mar 21

“Come Talk to Me”

PRAYING POINTS from Sunday 03.20.2022, “Conversations with God”

Psalm 1:1-6 ─ “Conversations with God”

“Come Talk to Me”


Hello. Let me say this again, and not for the last time. These messages are mostly meaningless for you if you do not practice at praying. Time to have a conversation with God.


1.) Find a part of Scripture from your daily studies. Please do not simply look at your favorite verses. Ask yourself what the verses say about:


God and God’s character.

My (human) nature and behavior.

Jesus and salvation.

Church and God’s people.


Here, we need to be careful that we are open to new understandings. Also, be ever so careful that you do not try to force every verse into your own world view. If you do this, you will really be listening to your own expectations about life or your political party’s view on how you think things should be or what is expected of someone in your social or economic position. You will NOT be having a conversation with God.


2.) Literally repeat these words to God. Maybe it will help to put these words into your own words, then praying them to God.


You praise God for who is and for his character.


You ask God to help you overcome your human nature and behavior that is in opposition to God.


You speak to Jesus about the immense value of his life and death and resurrection – your forgiveness of and your salvation from sin.


Finally, seek God strength to engage in the life and work of the local church as well as requesting God to bless believers all around the world.


3.) Then, ask God why God might be showing this verse to you at this moment in your life?


Why now?


Ask God to reveal why you might be reading these words right now in your life. Please note that not every text you read will be specific for this moment in your life. Interestingly, you might read a text you have read multiple times before that today speak so specifically to a struggle or decision you are currently facing.


4.) Finally, go even deeper, asking what is the….

Effect on your life.


This is the move from head knowledge to transformation. Here, in praying, you may have to cry out to God not only for forgiveness that your loves are out of order but also for God’s way of living to take hold of your hard heart.


Write it out – I suggest for a time that you write out prayer using verse directly or putting them into your own words. I also encourage you stick with one text for some time until you really feel God answering your prayer for guidance, resolve or forgiveness.

Psalm 4

1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God.

Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

4 Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.

6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”

Let the light of your face shine on us.

7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.

8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.


Here are a few examples for praying from Psalm 4


God and God’s character.

“Father God, please help me to trust that you do answer my praying,” Rick T.

“God, you set me apart for you – you want me!,” Terry I..


My (human) nature and behavior.

“There are times people don’t believe or ignore who you are. Forgive me when I fail to believe or when I ignore all that you are,” Kelly C.

“I tend to focus on a desire for prosperity and who or what will bring it to me. Give me joy just in knowing you,” Audrey R.


Jesus and salvation.

“Jesus, you say it is you who gives me a peace no matter what is around me,” Mike B.


Church and God’s people.

“Lord, show our church family how we can be your answer to have mercy on someone or some groups distress,”



[verse 1a] Father-God, please answer me when I call out to you. I acknowledge that you are MY righteous God. That I have a right relationship with you only because of your love for me.


[1b] I need relief from my distress. [Your specific “distresses” go here:] _________________________________. Have mercy on me. Please hear me praying.


[2] God, many people ignore your glory and seek to place their trust in other “gods.” Idols such as leaders or possessions or self-centered concerns. Please help me to avoid these. Frankly, I still have a bent toward placing my trust and faith in such things.


[3] I remind you Lord: you have set me apart for yourself. I belong to you because you have claimed me! You DO HEAR me when I pray.


[4] Lead me to not sin even as I feel distress. Holy-Spirit, help me to search my heart for sin and rebellion against you. Let me not speak words that hurt others even as I am struggling and fearful.


[5] Let me offer as a sacrifice to you how I think and act and use your gifts. Please that my thoughts and actions will to bring others to honor and have good thoughts toward you, God. Let me trust you and only you with my distress and struggles.


[6] Prosperity can lead me away for trusting in you. Let who you are and your love for me shine brightly in my heart – let who you are for me be enough.


[7] Help me to be happy because you love me and hear me – help me to be as happy as if I had all the stuff I could ever imagine.


[8] Thank you, God, for keeping me safe no matter what I see or experience – thanks that I can sleep in peace.

Amen


Your friend in praying,





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