Posted by Kyle Page on March 17, 2016
My Daily Prayers
I am a very routine oriented person. Many non-routine people would probably find my routines very stressful and possibly annoying. For a while in college I actually organized my week down to 30 minute activity increments. Even for me that level of routine never really worked out but I still keep many routines that do help me. One of these routines involves my prayer life. At different points throughout the day I pray five specific prayers. Four of these prayers come directly from Scripture. The other prayer is based on Scriptural teachings.
• “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24 ESV). Many mornings I begin my day with this prayer. My heart is deceitful and I need God to show me daily anything in my life that is insulting to him so he can change my heart and I can repent of sin.
• “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 HCSB) The tongue is a powerful tool. With the tongue we can build others up or break others down. What we say and what we do is directly connected to our thoughts. The only way to change our thought patterns is to mediate on truth. Every day I need the Spirit’s help to renew my mind so I pray this prayer for myself.
• “Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9) This is my life verse. I pray that God would help me use my time and establish the right priorities to glorify him.
• “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12). This prayer helps me remember how small I am compared to God. Our lives are temporary, God is everlasting. When we pray for God to teach us to number our days we also ask him for the wisdom to use what time we’ve been given to serve him and others.
• “God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next.” This prayer is popularly called “The Serenity Prayer.” It is attributed to German-American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Every time I pray the “Serenity Prayer” God reminds me there are things outside my control and I can trust in him. I cannot control many situations or what other people think, feel, or do. I am only responsible for me. I find that when I accept what I can’t change there is a renewed strength in me to change the things that I can, mainly things about myself. So many times we are idealistic and let our expectations of what life should be like get in the way of our obedience to God and service to others in reality. God uses difficulties in a fallen, imperfect world to make us more like his son, Jesus. One day, if we surrender to Jesus, our greatest desires will be met. Until then we can enjoy his gifts – great and small – and love the people he has placed in our lives.
Are there prayers that you pray on a regular basis? How has God used them in your life? If not, how would praying “routine” prayers help you?
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