Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Prayer: what is it good for?

So who finds prayer hard? What to pray? How do I get out of the praying for myself only trap? How can I pursue God and experience his goodness and joy as mentioned in in Psalm 63

Psalm 63
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

9 They who seek my life will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.

10 They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God's name will praise him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

I saw a good post by Steven Furtick talking about some "tricks". He says

Preemptive praise lays a foundation for present tense blessing.
Retroactive gratitude counteracts apathy.

Together, these two habits form a powerful tag team to defeat depression and despondency. They draw our attention away from our hurts and needs, focusing our affection on the character of our faithful God.
I must say I'm mostly retroactive praise and preemptive gratitude. God I am grateful now but may not be if you take something away. God, thanks for given me this thing. Go to his blog to read more about what he is taking about. I can see how this approach will not only change my heart but help me see where the Spirit of God is working (that and I see this all throughout he Psalms).

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