Smart prayers remind
us who God is
. (v. 9a)
Smart prayers recognize God’s glory as the highest good. (v. 9b)
Smart prayers release control of the outcome. (v. 10)
Smart Prayers: Right-Side Up
When Jesus prayed, things happened. Even a dead man was raised to life (see John 11:41-44). It’s no wonder His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. His response was the model prayer we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” Even the first two sentences of this prayer teach us so much about how we should pray. If you’re looking to learn about “smart prayers,” there’s no better place to start.
Thinking It Through
I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.
I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put Him. We have kept Him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on Him in prayer, we wonder where He is. He is exactly where we left Him.
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
Living It Out
1. When you pray how do you tend to picture God? Near or distant? Caring or uninvolved? Gracious or impatient?
2. Do you often pray for God to be glorified? Why or why not?
3. Think of one prayer request that is important to you and write out a “right-side up” prayer about it.
Smart Prayers: Less is More
I can almost guarantee that you have never prayed this prayer. It feels unnatural, and even more so, un-American! Go ahead, read it. So what do you think? I think I might be afraid to pray this prayer. Why? Now that is a good question!
Looking It Up
1. What is Augur (see 30:1) trying to say to God in v.7?
2. If 8a is the first of only two requests, what is your reaction to it?
3. What does the presence of deception and lies in our lives do to us – and to others around us?
4. How might the second request (8b-9) relate to the first?
5. What does this request tell us about the power of money in our lives?
6. What is Augur’s bottom line in his prayer?
Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013
by Rob Sweet