Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 “Prayer Protocol”

” There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”And Moses said, “Here I am.”             (Exodus 3: 2-4)

Good morning Believers!

Having lived in several different regions of the country, I have discovered that each one has its own particular dialect. Accents differ. Even word meanings differ in different parts of the country. For example, where I grew up in Lancaster County, PA, certain expressions (the origins of which can be attributed to the Amish influence), were common. When my mother would say “don’t scruntch up the rug”, usually referring to something akin to a floor mat rather than a carpet, we knew she was saying, “don’t get the rug out of place or folded over itself. ” Doesn’t everyone know that? In the winter, we’d have to shovel snow, but in the midwest, you didn’t “shovel” snow….you “scooped” snow. Also, groceries were not put in a bag as they were back home, but rather in a ‘sack”. My favorite, though, was in West Virginia. Where I grew up, were someone to ask you to do something and you said to them, “I don’t care to do that for you”, that would be regarded as rude, as if you were saying “I don’t want to do that”. But not in West Virginia. There, if you were to say “I don’t care to do that for you” means “I don’t MIND doing that for you”, or “sure…I can do that”. It’s all in where you live.

When it comes to conversing with God, learning the most effective way of communicating what’s on our heart ought to be done in the fashion that really is reflective of who we are personally and uniquely. We need not mimic someone else’s particular prayer style, but approach God as he created us…in unique fashion. With Moses, there was direct and honest communication. As a boy, Moses grew up in the court of Pharaoh. He witnessed protocol in addressing one in authority. God teaches Moses the proper “protocol” of approaching the Almighty. He directs him: “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.”  Moses would understand protocol. God teaches Moses that He is the ultimate authority, while at the same time inviting Moses into conversation with Him as he is. We know from the Word that Moses and God had many a conversation. At first, Moses protested that he had trouble speaking. God took care of that. In time, Moses learned how to truly communicate with God, so confronting an earthly monarch like Pharaoh could then be done with complete confidence.

Oswald Chambers writes of the effort we should put into cultivating our own “God dialect”. he says:

“To pray strenuously needs careful cultivation. We have to learn the most natural methods of expressing ourselves to our Father.”

Learn what is natural when it comes to your prayer life. Learn your particular “prayer protocol.“No need to try being someone you are not. God will take what is unique about you and, like a Master Sculptor, fashion you to become that person he saw when he formed you from the dust of the ground. Learn from the Master. Let’s pray!

Spirit of the Living God; fashion us by Your Almighty, creative power, into the men and women you have always envisioned us to be. We desire to know more of You each day. teach us to pray with the assurance that you understand us fully, that we may pray with complete confidence and naturally, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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