Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Recently, my kids and wife and I have been discussing the topic of prayer. Additionally, scripture mediation and memorization has been in our discussions.
The verse above has been a family favorite as one of the simplest verses to learn. Not only easy to remember, but also so vitally important to our faith.
I had great reason to REJOICE last night as my son, Sam, said some new prayers that were simple, honest, and straight from his heart. The basics to this rejoicing are here:
We have typically always said the Lord’s Prayer, Sam and I. We have said this prayer together every night for as long as I can remember, just like the way I did when I was his age with my stepfather. My daughter, AJ, also recites her prayers each evening using a similar format.
The problem is our repetition. We use the same words, the same requests, and lately, we have noticed it to become almost robotic.
We listened last weekend to our Pastor Robert preach on the honesty of Christ’s prayer to our Father on the night of His betrayal. Christ did not hold back in His request for God to remove His cup if there “was any other way.” Thus, I was greatly convicted for my children’s sake, to explain the need for their prayers to not only become authentic and honest, but to also avoid redundancy.
After 30 plus years of prayer, I have fallen to the ease of the same words, the same wants, and often, a low quality communication line between the Father and I. How simple to avoid this! Honesty! Prayers directed to God that are description of TODAY’s needs and praise. We must remember, serving an all powerful, all knowing, and everlasting God, the Father already knows not only what we will say, but what we truly need and want…..
Most common, we pray for our wants that really don’t line up with His wants for our lives. Yet with honesty, and transparent requests, His wants BECOME OUR WANTS, and there real transformation takes place! I feel we do a great job of over complicating our prayer life. I know I have as I feel pressure to over-state and over- explain my heart to God. Don’t do it! He knows you! He knows me, and He truly wants the absolute best life for us! Rejoice! For I’ll say it again Rejoice! He knows the way to honest prayers, and He will bring us there!
Last evening as the kids change from the same to new and open prayer requests, the Spirit moved within us and set us up for great blessings today!
Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.
Deuteronomy 7:9 HCSB