Posted by: bshelley | May 22, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 22, 2008

Today’s Verse: Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. NASB

This was one of the verses in some curriculum I am currently teaching in our ladies Bible class this morning. The class is on prayer. There are so many people who struggle with how to pray or what words to say to get what they want. That problem has been around certainly since the first century when people would chant specific incantations attempting to bind the gods to their will. When I was younger, I had the idea that if we used “King James” English, God was more likely to respond favorably. As we mature in our relationship with God, our depth of understanding, or more appropriately, our understanding of His depth becomes clearer. So often I find real revelation concerning pure prayer in King David’s writings, especially in the Psalms. If you have ever had problems staying focused in your prayers, and who hasn’t, one way to pray I have found very effective is to pray using a passage from one of the Psalms to guide my thoughts. Obviously, this one is good for that. Or try Psalm 139 for starters. Read a verse and pray it in your own words. Add your own thoughts. Be honest with what you are feeling too. David prayed some gut wrenching prayers to his heavenly Father (see Psalm 43). Jesus did too (see Luke 22:44). The question is, do you? We need to come before God in truth. That certainly applies to just being honest with God. It is not as if He does not already know what is in your heart anyway. God does not need for us to sugar coat or gloss over our conversations with Him. If we can learn to do that in our prayers, they will be revolutionized and we will be transformed. Transformed more every time into the likeness of Jesus. Then the miracle of miracles, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him.” God draws near! Wow, thank You Father.

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