Recently I received a copy of the book, “30 Days With Wesley.” It is a prayer book that leads you through 30 days of prayers made up by scripture passages and guided prayers, written by John Wesley. I have decided, I wanted to journey with this book for 30 days and see what God will show me through it. For the next 30 days I am going to try, emphasis on the word try, to share my thoughts and reflections from each day.
If you would like to journey with me, you can purchase a copy of “30 Days with Wesley” from Nazarene Publishing House or Amazon (Click here for kindle version). Understandably, guided prayers are not going to gel with everyone, but I think it is good at times to change up our daily prayer habits a little bit. It creates variety in our prayer style and it might even open our eyes to a new idea or concept about prayer and God. With all that said, I am going to begin my journey with Wesley in prayer.
Day 1: (Optional Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:9-12)
Today’s prayers were entirely focused on giving praise to God. I don’t know if each day’s prayer will be the same, but today was focused on God. As I thought about it, it seems at times, that we sometimes forget to take time to sit back and give God praise for who God is and what God does in our lives.
I do not know if you are like me, but when I spend time reading the Bible and praying in the morning, it becomes a challenge to fight back all the thoughts of what I need to accomplish in the day. This is part of getting better at spending time with God. I must learn the skill of focusing our mind on God.
A great way of focusing my mind on God is to give God praise for who he is. A funny thing happens when I focus on giving God praise, I find that my list of requests shortens as I look at who God is. When I start to sit in the presence of the God who is greater than I, the true value of a prayer request becomes clear. It is similar to bringing a request to a president or a king. Once you acknowledge who he is, you only want to make requests for the things that really matter to you.
God may we never forget who you really are. May we not see you as a vending machine that only provides answers to prayer. God you are mighty and worthy to be praised. You are the God who seeks us with an unfailing, unstoppable love. May we take time to day to sit in your presence and give you praise.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.