Which Kind of Pray-er Are You?
This is part two of a two-part article. See yesterday's post for part one.
Yesterday, I confessed that I'm often more of a Prayer Worrier than I am a Prayer Warrior. Today, I'm going to share a few other examples of different prayer "personalities."
As you think about them, I hope they encourage you to explore your own tendencies regarding prayer in an effort to draw closer to the perfect pattern: "pray without ceasing" (#lifegoal) and daily communication with God.
Note: "Pray-er" (noun) Person who prays.
The Whistle While You Pray-er
Life is bright! God's blessings are pouring into my life! And as long as they keep on coming, everything will be great! But if the storm comes, I'm ducking for cover and giving up until it passes ... Maybe it's time for me to realize who provides the shelter when the storm arrives? Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
The Scared-y Pray-er
I messed up again. How can God keep forgiving me? There's no way He'll forgive me this time. How can I even kneel before him? Maybe I better skip praying tonight ... I'm too ashamed to talk to Him after that. Maybe I'll pray when I think I'm righteous enough. Hold on. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." And that's a promise.
The Broken Record Pray-er
When I was a kid, my prayers usually sounded like this, "Dear Jesus, please bless Mommy, please bless Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa, and please bless our food, amen" until I was about 7 years old. But now it's time for big girl (or big boy) prayers. Sometimes, when my sleepy or distracted mind tries to talk to God, prayer turns into the "same old, same old" routine. It's important to clear my mind and petition God in sincerity, asking Him to help me find the words to pray. (Check out Romans 8:26-28!)
The Needy Pray-er
"Please bless my job, please bless my family, please bless... Please bless..." I need blessings. But there is a time for everything, especially a time to say a prayer of thanks. I remember so vividly the morning our Sunday school teacher asked us to go around the room and say a prayer that only gave thanks, without asking anything. It was a powerful moment, one that often resurfaces as a reminder to spend quality time thanking God for His provision. He deserves it! (Rummage happily through David's psalms for examples of praise.)
The Disgruntled Pray-er
God, why isn't this working out? I can't believe this is happening to me! Why can't I find a boyfriend? Why didn't my job work out the way it was supposed to? Why is Dad sick? Where are You? Why aren't You guiding me? Why can't I feel You? Philippians 4:6-7 warns, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
The Prayer Bully
God, I really can't stand this person. Why can't they just stop being so annoying? Please help them realize they are wrong so I won't get frustrated. Uh-oh. Philippians 2:12-15 says, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings ... That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke ... shine as lights in the world."
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