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Flat Sounding Prayers

Posted: Saturday, October 17

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26
1 Timothy 2:1-15
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 25:18-19 


Verse of the day:

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. (1 Timothy 2:1)

My best lunch breaks play out like this… 12:00pm Sign out from church and drive home. 12:10pm Make a delicious sandwich—preferably turkey and muenster. Make a delicious soup—preferably Mama Noodles (the Thai version of Ramen Noodles). 12:20pm Eat lunch and swap stories.12:30pm Start searching for Ryder’s shoes. 12:40pm Find Ryder’s shoes, and load up the car. 12:50pm Pray with Ryder, drop him off at school, and head back to church.



I’ve recently been convicted about one of these habits (and no, it’s not the Mama Noodles). I feel like my prayers for Ryder have been running a little flat. It usually sounds like this…



“Lord, help Ryder to have a good day at school. Help him to be a good listener, and help him to not have to sit in the “Chill” chair. Help him to learn new things and to have a great day. AMEN!”



It doesn’t sound like I’m praying to God; it sounds like I’m talking to Ryder’s therapist. “Help this. Help that.” “Self-improvement. Blah, blah, blah.” I actually heard another parent’s school-day prayer recently. That experience encouraged me to expand my scope. In light of I Timothy 2:1, I think a Christ-centered prayer would sound a little more like this...



“Lord, we thank you for this day, and we thank you for Ryder’s school. We pray for health and protection for his teachers and for every student in his classroom. We pray that Ryder would be joy and grace to everyone he meets today. AMEN!”