November 14 – 35 Prayers in the Bible – David

Read Psalm 23: 1-6

My 20th birthday was one that I will never forget. Six years ago, I was sitting on a hill in Bethlehem overlooking the very fields where it is thought that the angel appeared to the shepherds in Luke 2. It was in this setting that our tour guide/pastor walked us through Psalm 23. What better setting is there to talk about how the Lord is our Shepherd?

A lot of the imagery and phrases in Psalm is directly related to that of shepherding, as David was a shepherd before he was named King of Israel. Pastor Randy Smith (tour guide/pastor in Sebring, Florida) told us of his own experience with shepherding. Apparently, sheep aren’t the brightest animals out there. Without the constant guidance of their shepherd, most of them would not eat, wander away and get eaten or fall of a cliff. No joke. When Randy was talking about how high needs a sheep is, you can’t help but think about how we can also be like a sheep. Not the brightest species out there and very high needs.

Read through Psalm 23 again. This time, read it from the perspective of us being the sheep and God being our Shepherd. The phrases and imagery become even more real. Throughout our lives, God guides us, provides for us and protects us. If you take God out of the equation, we are “sheep without a shepherd”. Nothing good comes out of that.

This prayer really focuses on identifying God as our Shepherd and thanking Him for all that He does for us. Not only did He bail us out of our sin issue, but He walks with us through life’s many challenges. God isn’t an impersonal dictator holding lightning bolts in the clouds. He loves you. He wants to help you experience His best.

How often do you think to yourself that you can live your life alone? You may think that you have a handle on things and truly know what’s best for you. After all, what does an invisible man in the sky know about your life and your future? It usually isn’t until we are staring down the throat of a wolf or into the abyss on the other side of a cliff that we are confronted with the fact that we do a terrible job of leading our own lives.

Today, will you pray and continually give control of your life to the Great Shepherd? Will you live in His provision and go where He tells you to go?

Don’t be a rogue sheep.

Jake Lawson

7 Day Family Prayer Challenge

DAY 4: PRAY FOR RELATIONSHIPS IN THE FAMILY

Read Colossians 3: 12-14. Family life can be so difficult. We all have hurt each other in some way through the years. God calls us to forgiveness and reconciliation. He wants us to live in harmony with each other. Pray today for the relationships in your family. If things are going well, praise God for that!  If there are struggles: pray for wisdom, forgiveness, direction and reconciliation.

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