Hosanna, oh God. Blessed is He that comes in Your name.
May we go into Your presence with rejoicing and praise. May we follow Your Son with confidence as He leads us into the Most Holy Place.
Blessed be the King who comes to us as a Prince of Peace. May His reign ever increase, in our lives and throughout creation.
Create in me a clean heart. Write on it Your laws so that I may walk in Your ways.
Lead me by Your Holy Spirit, that my flesh may not be so strong in me.
Deliver me from the Evil One.
In Your Son’s Holy Name I ask these things today.
My Redeemer and my Rock,
Take my words and shape them, making them pleasing to you.
Take my heart and transform it, making it more like yours.
Put a bridle on my tongue and a sentry at the door of my heart.
May what I think and say be pleasing in your sight.
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
I’m feeling the need to grow in my prayer life. What are some things you’ve found helpful?
Here are some that I’m aware of:
- Prayer books. As Jerry Starling mentioned in a comment the other day, most of us in churches of Christ grew up with a natural aversion to prayers written by other people. That’s hard for me to overcome, but I think it could be helpful. Not all repetition is vain repetition.
- Fasting. Fasting has been a part of my prayer life for over thirty years, in an on-again off-again sort of way. Sadly, there have been more times when it was “off” than “on.” I want to improve that.
- Prayer apps. I’ve been trying to use PrayerMate more. It takes two disciplines for me to do so: (1) Maintain the prayer list; (2) Actually pray using the app. Another area I need to work on.
Suggestions? What have you found that helps your prayer life?
O Lord Most High,
Create in me a new heart, for the one I have is so human and untrustworthy. Fill me with your Spirit, that I may learn to say no to my flesh. Restore to me the joy of salvation and take away the love of sinning. Let me set my eyes on you, for you are my refuge and my hope, my salvation and my true desire.
Lead me to the city you are preparing, my true patria, my homeland, the country where I belong. Teach me to live as an ambassador along the way, a foreigner with a purpose, an alien on a mission. Here in Kedar and Mesech, I long for the new Jerusalem. Lead me home, Father.