Wednesday, October 3

Just for Women Wednesdays: Praying Deep

 
This is how I pray everyday.
 
It's hard to be so bold dear sisters, but I have to ask you a question, "Are you praying deep?"
 
Are you praying beyond yourself? Beyond your own limited vocabulary? Have you come to a place where you don't even desire to pray much, or if you do, do your prayers sound stagnant and boring, like a repeat of an old song? Have your prayers become like a two liter bottle of Coca-Cola that looks good on the outside to everyone else in a group setting, but when at home and opened, tastes awful due to it's lack of fizz? Is this your prayer life, dear one? It's OK if it is, because every day you have a new opportunity to come back before the throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16) and pray.
 
This was the question I asked myself recently because I don't just want to pray words anymore, I want to pray scripture. I had gotten out of the daily discipline of praying God's Word and I wanted to get back to that discipline. I don't want my prayers to be shallow, I want to pray DEEP. I want to pray beyond my fleshly self. I want my prayers to go beyond my limited vocabulary and fleshly will and go deeper into God's vocabulary and will. I want my prayers to speak His language back to Him. I want His words, to become my words. The only way for that to become a reality is for me to pray beyond myself and to pray scripture.
 
The prayer I prayed today is Psalm 31:3. It's in the picture above this post. I write it down, search it out in study and then memorize it. It's my journey back from praying with fizzle to praying with fire.
 
As a student of the Bible, I love to understand each word. My question this morning was, "what is the difference between 'lead' and 'guide.'" There is a difference. Did you know that?
 
lead- "bring, put, to go in a direction of, turn eyes toward."
guide- "to lead or guide to a watering place, bring to a place of rest, refresh. "
 
Like David, my prayer is that God would lead me in His direction, not my own, and that He would guide me to a place of refreshment. I am so desperate for Him, for his rest, for His Words to water my dry life. Aren't you?
 
If you find yourself  today just like me, I pray that you too, would be encouraged in your heart that there is a better way to pray.
 
Pray beyond yourself.
Pray God's Word.
 
I am so thankful for being able to serve you as I write this post. I am praying this blog continues to inspire, encourage and bring you much joy in the faith.
 Thank you for coming by today! I love you in the LORD!!!!
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3 comments:

  1. Oh thank you for this Ashley. You've not only inspired but challenged me! I'll do that today as my hope is to pray deep and pray His words.

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  2. Sorry for the late reply Sophie! I have been away for awhile. I am SO SO glad that this post was relevant and challenging to you. It is challenging to me too! Would love to hear how it is going! Thanks for stopping by Joy Treasure! I pray you will keep on dropping by!!!!
    Joy 2 U!
    Ashley

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  3. That's OK :) It's going well. Still challenging but going well. I often stop by and read your old posts. Very good! Joy to you too!!

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