How should I pray?

Posted by Elaine September 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM AEST

You would be familiar with the words in this beautiful psalm of David – Psalm 23.

When I was a young girl I attended Sunday School each week where we’d learn to recite verses of the Bible to help to get them down into our hearts. One of the passages of scripture I was taught to learn were the words of this Psalm 23. But here is a new way of looking at Psalm of David …

The LORD is my shepherd;
- I actually have a personal RELATIONSHIP with the God of the Universe who wants to protect me from harm!

I have everything I need.
- It is possible to trust God to PROVIDE everything I need!

He lets me rest in green meadows;
- I cease from striving or STRESS when I put my trust in Him and wait for Him to lead me!

He leads me beside peaceful streams.
- He brings REFRESHMENT and peace to my soul, allowing me to sleep effortlessly at night without mind game regrets from past mistakes and failures!

He renews my strength.
- Jesus brings HEALING to my body, renews me so I can be all that He wants me to be!

He guides me along right paths,
- To be able to live without the consequences for making wrong choices when I follow His GUIDANCE is way too priceless for me to comprehend!

Bringing honour to his name.
- That’s the reason why I’m here. It’s not all about me, I’m here for a way greater PURPOSE!

Even when I walk through the dark valley of death..
- Life isn’t free from hard times, but hard times shape me into the person I was meant to be – That’s TESTING!

I will not be afraid,
- God’s PROTECTION means that fear has no power over me – unless I let it!

For you are close beside me.
- His FAITHFULNESS is obvious because with my God close by, I’m never alone!

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
- His DISCIPLINE keeps me from getting too far away from His plan for me – without discipline our world is dying!

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
- That’s me acknowledging the promise from God that no matter what I’m facing, I can rest and HOPE in Him!

You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil.
– When we put our trust in God, we are set apart in a personal loving relationship with the King of Kings, creator of the Universe – That’s CONSECRATION!

My cup overflows with blessings.
- When we put our trust in God and do what He wants, life is way better than we could ever imagine. That’s ABUNDANCE!

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,
That’s BLESSING – the reward for turning control of our lives to God and my life with God is totally blessed!

And I will live in the house of the LORD forever.
- With God’s promise of a home with love in heaven waiting for us, free from the cares and sadness of this current world! That’s SECURITY!

And all this can be your experience also just by acknowledging that God loves you, Jesus died on the cross to bring forgiveness for your sins and you want to start afresh with Him as your Saviour and Lord.

We can never do anything to become worthy of His love and that’s the beauty of it. Jesus died so we can be forgiven and start afresh with a clean slate.

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As hard as it is to understand how this could be, new life for you is just a prayer away. God will never force you into anything, it’s your choice. If you’d like to step into a personal relationship with the God of the Universe, simply say a prayer something like this:

Dear Jesus,
l realise my life isn’t the way it should be and I want to give my life to you and make a fresh start. I want to become the person you destined for me to be.

Please forgive me of my sin and come into my life as my personal Saviour.
I ask you to guide me from now on and teach me how to really live.
In Jesus’ name – Amen

After you pray this prayer, God will bring forgiveness and a fresh start, complete with all of the benefits listed in Psalm 23 above.

If you prayed this prayer, or if you would like to know more about what it means to be a Christian, please use this link to send me a note so that I can pray for you.

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