“. . . he restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3b).
Our souls are made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions. David writes that God restores all three of these. I do not understand how God does it, but I do know that our God can do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
I have led concerts of prayer where I simply had people pray Scripture. The Holy Spirit greatly convicted and encouraged people specifically, which then led to a time of repentance and confession. It is hard to pray outside of God’s will when you pray His Word back to Him. The ability to pray Scripture is greatly expanded as I memorize more of His Word. We may never have the opportunity to pray from the belly of a whale, but there are opportunities to pray at times when the Bible is not available. The ability to pray Scripture to God whether or not a Bible is in hand touches God’s heart with His Word.
Your written Word is the greatest book ever recorded. It is worthy to have it constantly in my mind and heart. Memorizing Your Word is not easy, but it is crucial. Speak to me in loud and clear volumes what You would have me to do by memorizing Your Word. I purpose not to make excuses, and I purpose to rightly divide the truth so that You will receive the greatest glory from my life.
–Taken from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).
Praise the Creator, who fills mountain springs, makes grass grow for cattle, and allows people to bring forth food from the earth (Ps. 104:10-14). Thank God for your food and shelter. Confess that all you have belongs to God. Commit to living as a steward, not a consumer. Ask God where to start in renewing your mind-set.
Pray that Christians—by caring more about people than things, by managing money well—will pique interest among non-Christians.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).