September 9, 2020
My Prayer Life: From Stale to Impressed
AMBER BOLTON of the Inspire Bible Tour
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“Commit yourselves to prayer with an alert thoughts and a grateful coronary heart.” Colossians 4:2 (NLT)
There I used to be, sitting throughout from Him on the native espresso store. The dialog had gone stale, or perhaps I had simply stopped listening. I don’t know once I began doubting His responses or why I seemed away when He tried to share grace and kindness.
There have been one million different locations I needed to be as an alternative of sitting right here throughout from Him. I’d moderately be with associates speaking about how nice He’s, or at work sharing in regards to the presents He lavished on me. I’d moderately be designing a fantastic “look” on our shared Instagram web page than truly making an attempt to make the curated image turn into actuality.
That “Him” was God.
The dialog was prayer. The presents He lavished have been grace, forgiveness and freedom.
However my conversations with God had grown stale and drained. I felt like we had grown aside. He by no means moved. He was at all times regular. All the time trying me within the eye. It was I who wandered, I who made it seem my religion was okay on the skin whereas doubting His reality on the within.
When you have got been having the identical conversations again and again, issues can begin to get stale. That was my prayer life. Practically three many years in the past, God and I started to speak throughout the metaphorical desk. However one thing modified.
That one thing was me.
Maybe that is you, too. Do you discover your prayer life rising stale typically? Do you neglect what you’ve prayed about up to now? Does prayer really feel like a day by day job to mark off your checklist? Is it crammed with anticipation, worship and awe or obligation and indifference?
This was me. Questioning all of those questions, I knew I wanted a change of coronary heart. I wanted a contemporary perspective on prayer to get again to the aim of assembly with God.
After I began Bible journaling, I discovered that change of coronary heart. Not solely did it revive my prayer life, but it surely helped me discover the devotion, alertness and thankfulness Colossians 4:2 speaks about: “Commit yourselves to prayer with an alert thoughts and a grateful coronary heart.”
I’ve been studying the Bible all my life, however this visible method to worship within the margin helped me write the residing and energetic Phrase of God on my coronary heart. It felt pure to write down out my prayers utilizing coloration and creativity within the margins of my Bible. God was giving me a contemporary perspective by means of coloured pencils and stickers — and my artistic coronary heart got here alive.
God and I started to have conversations once more. Not over espresso, however in paint strokes, patterned tape and different expressions of my religion, prayers and gratitude.
Prayer is our breath, our phrases, our actions, our listening ear. It’s additionally the stroke of a pen and the colourful colours we use to explain and worship God. What a pleasure to be in awe of God within the midst of creativity.
Prayer is all about reference to God. It’s partaking with the Creator of the Universe, and typically it’s accomplished with clever expression. My stale prayer life radically modified as I used creativity to specific and seize my moments with God.
Prayer is now not silence over espresso; it’s alive and energetic by means of artwork within the margin of my Bible. Possibly like me, it’s essential strive one thing new and completely different to deliver freshness again into your prayers. Whether or not that’s Bible journaling or one thing else that God exhibits you, don’t be afraid to discover methods to make your stroll with God much more stunning. In spite of everything, He’s a God of doing new issues.
Expensive heavenly Father, thank You for drawing us close to and chatting with us by means of Your life-giving Phrase and thru prayer as we “sit throughout the desk from You.” Could our prayers be alert and grateful as we categorical our devotion to You. We’re undeserving of Your lavish and enduring love. Brush off the cobwebs of our prayers and rejuvenate us by means of Your Phrase immediately. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “All the time be joyful. By no means cease praying. Be grateful in all circumstances, for that is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (NLT)
Hebrews 4:12, “For the phrase of God is alive and highly effective. It’s sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, reducing between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost ideas and needs.” (NLT)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Take out some markers or crayons and a sheet of paper and write out a verse or a prayer creatively. Go to @theinspirebible on Instagram for inspiration. Might getting artistic within the margins of your Bible assist rejuvenate your time within the Phrase or in prayer?
What’s one factor you are able to do immediately to strengthen your prayer life? Tell us within the feedback.
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