if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
Do you need to pray? That’s an odd question. Why are you asking me that question? I’m not sure what you are asking of me. It’s not a difficult question to understand, is it? No, it’s not. Who would ever think that they have no need to pray? How about you? What mean by that? Have you ever thought that you had no need to pray? Have you ever thought that you had all the answers to all your questions? Have you ever thought you knew every step on the way to your direction? Have you ever thought that you needed no counsel or wanted no guidance? Have you ever thought that you could handle every situation and circumstance by yourself? I think you have trapped me with your questions. How so? If I say that , “I have never thought that I had no need to pray,” you will ask me why then have I not prayed. Wouldn’t that be a good question? Wouldn’t that be something for you to consider? Wouldn’t you like to ask yourself why you have failed to pray? Those are good questions. They are well worth considering. I would like to ask myself why I have failed to pray. Go ahead and ask and answer your own question.
Why have I failed to pray when I was obviously in need of prayer? I have failed to pray for a number of reasons. Let me hear them. Notice, that I did not say, I have failed to pray for a number of good reasons. I have no good reasons for why I have not prayed. Let me hear your bad reasons for not praying. I have been busy. I have been distracted. II have been preoccupied. I have been self-sufficient and self-centered. I have been stubborn and independent. I have been filled with pride. I have been sinful. My sinful pride and independence have probably been the main culprits for my prayerlessness. But, all of this is about to change. I want to live a different life. I want to walk a new path. I want to take a new course. How so?
I want to pray. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to humble myself before you. I want to seek your face. I want to know you. I want to walk in your ways. I want to hear your voice. I want to receive your guidance. I want to follow your instruction. I want to live each moment of every day with and for you. I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. I want to pray the prayers that you give me to pray. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. Why do you want all of this? I know that you love me. I know that you desire all of this for me. I want what you want. I want to live my life with and for you because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. So, I will bow myself before you. I will humble myself at your feet. I will seek you face. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do what you ask of me. That will be very good. Then I will hear and answer your prayers.
Lord, I have been proud. I have thought I had no need to pray. I have not sought your council. I have not received your guidance. No more. I will humble myself before you. I will confess my sins to you. I will seek your will. Hear and answer my prayers, I pray. Amen
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