Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 The Prayer Doldrums”

“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth.” (Psalm 8:1)

Good Morning Everyone!

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you found it difficult to pray? Frankly, I do not know a single believer, no matter how dedicated to daily devotion, who has not experienced such a time. There are occasions when we’d just as soon roll over and go back to sleep or go chase a golf ball or watch a movie or do just about anything other than pray. Don’t be too down on yourself if this happens. It’s not uncommon. But when such times come, as the Lord knows they will, there is a God-provided method of dealing with these “prayer doldrums.” In factGod provides the solution right in the middle of His inspired word. It’s called the Book of Psalms. Quite often, we “borrow” inspiration or encouragement from someone else who has dealt with issues similar to our own. This is as it should be. Realizing that others have faced  challenges or situations similar to those we have faced or are facing and have come through them successfully serves to encourage us not to acquiesce to current circumstances.

So God, in His infinite wisdom, has placed not one or two, but 150 prayers right smack dab in the middle of His word for us to make our own! In the Psalms, you will discover prayers of joy, lament, praise, confession, and intercession. You will find prayers for comfort in times of distress, prayers expressing puzzlement over God’s seeming absence, prayers seeking God’s strength to overcome adversity.

My suggestion this morning is simply this: If you find yourself stuck in the “prayer doldrums”, pick up your Bible and open it up to the middle of the book and pray the Psalms! You’re not “stealing” someone else’s prayer in doing so. Soon, you’ll find yourself connecting with God through these prayers preserved through the centuries by God in his wisdom and grace. It is, after all, the book with more chapters in the Bible than any other! It’s easy to find. Even those who have never before picked up a Bible would likely automatically open it up to the middle. That’s human nature. God always knows what he is doing. I believe when we are called home to heaven, we will encounter many there with the Lord today because they, in a time of need or desperation, “stumbled” upon one of these prayers, and it changed their life. It can do the same for you and me. Let’s pray!

“Praise the Lord, all you nations!
    Extol him, all you peoples!
 For great is his steadfast love toward us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! ” (Psalm 117)

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