First off, I just would like to say thank you to those of you that are supporting me through this #write31days, and those of you that are reading my posts. As a writer it is hard to know if what are are saying makes sense to others as it does to you, so thank you for the encouragement to keep on writing what God has placed in my heart!
Now for today, I want to stay in Matthew 6 and look at paraphrasing the Lords prayer. Before we do that, though, Matthew 6:8 is one of the most comforting verses in the bible on prayer.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Sometimes I wish I was a mind reader, I figure life would be easier if I knew what people were thinking (especially my husband) so I could really understand better how to best do whatever makes him happy. Or even more so, sometimes I wish that he could just read me mind!
The way God created us though is intentional and detailed, down to very last hair on our heads, and suffice to say, being mind readers was not one of the attributes he gave us.
We are not mind readers, but we know the One who is. How reassuring to know that you are loved so deeply that your innermost desires and wishes are already pressed upon your Father’s heart.
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
When we pray scripture it takes our prayers to a higher level. When I say higher level, I don’t mean better or worse, I mean it seems to connect our hearts with the Father’s heart more deeply and wholly than before. For some of us it is easier to remember to pray scripture than others, but the beautiful thing is even when we mix two scriptures together, or can’t remember what book of the bible it is in…
God doesn’t care about how many scriptures you memorize, He cares about how many scriptures you internalize.
Let that bring a peace over you today, especially all my fellow type-A friends who worry that unless it’s perfectly remembered and quoted, God won’t hear it.
As you sit in prayer and have that intimate time with the Lord today focus on the truth that scripture promises us instead of remembering to get every word right. Praying the words of the bible are only as powerful and effective as the heart behind them.
Happy Sunday friends!