Common Sense REBORN Devotion

January 12

“We are going to learn and inhabit a life of prayer.  Jesus mastered the art of prayer because he is the Master.”  (Gray, Derwin.  “God, do you hear me?” pg. 12)

Good morning Family!  We are midweek so it is a good time to wrap up our study of Chapter 1 of “God, do you hear me?” by Dr. Derwin Gray.  Entitled “Sandcastles,” this first chapter was a general overview of the importance of prayer and the goals of Dr. Gray, which is to take his readers on a journey to help strengthen their prayer life, and teach them the importance of Jesus’ personal prayer to God:  The Lord’s Prayer.  As I mentioned yesterday, Dr. Gray ends each chapter with a prayer for all his readers to say out loud.  As we cruise through this book, I will be sharing the prayers with you as well.  So here is Dr. Gray’s first prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Teach me to pray.

I long to learn.

I confess that most of the time I pray just to get things.

Rarely do I pray to get you.

Rarely do I pray simply to be with you.

Today, I choose to enroll in your school of prayer.

Teach me, O God, how to pray.

In Jesus’ name, who is the Lord of Life,

And the One who gives me access to your ear,

Thank you for hearing me,

Amen.”

-Derwin Gray, “God, do you hear me?”  pg 17

To be honest with y’all, I was a little offended by this first prayer.  I have not prayed to “get things” since I was a child.  The majority of my prayers are prayers of gratitude for all God has gifted me with in this amazing life.  So don’t feel bad if you feel the same way when reading that today, but don’t give up on Dr. Gray, he’s got some amazing points, stories, and teachings ahead.  Jump into Chapter 2 to see for yourself.

Today’s Song-of-the-Day is from Mr. Martin Smith, featuring Elle Limbear.  This song “Our Eyes Are On You,” is among many great new singles that dropped last Friday.  Many of them, unfortunately, have not been released on YouTube yet, but I hope you have enjoyed the handful that I was able to share with you this week. 


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