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Day Six - Praying Scripture back to God

Posted by waynemi , in 40 Days of Prayer 07 May 2013 · 3830 views

Read: Psalm 5
Pray: For the young married couples of your church-for protection over their marriage and a surrender to Christ’s will for their lives
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Through the years I have used a variety of approaches to communing with God. One approach is to pray Scripture back to Him. Psalm 32:8 has been especially meaningful at various times and in various ways. David recorded God saying "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." (NIV 1984). I notice five key words in this passage.


I- This word refers to God Almighty, the maker of Heaven and Earth! It is He who will accomplish the rest of what this verse says. That God would desire to do this in my life—and the life of all believers—still amazes, humbles and makes me realize how incredible He is!

Instruct- Each day I am reminded I need the instruction of the Lord. I am thankful He desires to instruct me. I must take on the posture of humility to be willing to be instructed. God has given his "owner's manual" for this life in His written Word. I need to drink this in and hear His voice through communing with Him in prayer.


Teach- I need to be taught. This implies I am not self-sufficient. I am in desperate need to learn from the Lord. I must rely on Him to nourish my mind with that that is pleasing to Him.


Counsel- Each day we are faced with decision—some great, some small. In all of these things, the counsel of the Lord has the potential to lead me in the correct path—if I will listen. When I receive and follow the counsel of the Lord, He will direct my path. When I choose to go my own way, I walk in the way of less understanding, insight and wisdom.


Watch- None of us has lived a nanosecond apart from the care of the Lord. It is He who gives us the ability to breathe. It is He who gives you and I strength, eyesight, the ability to move, the ability to comprehend, the opportunity to know Him. We could go on and on recounting the blessing of the Lord and His watch care over us.


Oh God, help me to remember who You are - and who we are in You! Thank you that You care enough for us to instruct us, teach us, counsel us and watch over us as your dearly loved children! Please accomplish these things in our lives for Your glory and the expansion of Your Kingdom. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Jonathan Wiggins, District Superintendent for the Rocky Mountain District

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A wonderful reminder to pray Scripture back to God! We know we have His ear when we repeat His Word to Him.!
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Cindy Carroll
May 07 2013 08:53 AM
This is one of my favorite verses, too! I would like to add a phrase to your mini-devotional here: "in the way you should go." This phrase gives us pause. God has a way prepared for us to go, if we will but listen, obey, and follow.
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Mark Greene
May 07 2013 02:21 PM
Jonathan, thanks so much for taking time to write this reminder to us. It is very encouraging to me. God's truth is so good!
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