Get Out of That Rut!


Jeff Jones challenges you to shake up your prayer life a bit. Whatever you've been doing, just do something different.

"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened," (Luke 11:10).

Do you ever get bored of praying? Is it just me or do you ever wonder if your prayers bore the Lord?

I’ve spent nearly 30 years doing my best to stay sensitive to God and seek His direction throughout each and every day. I think it’s what people call being God-conscious. But that’s way different than having a real and fresh daily dialogue with God, where you’re bringing your needs before Him and expecting to see answers for the things you are asking for.

I’ve got to admit that my prayer life has been super exciting lately. We decided a few weeks ago to spend some extra focused time seeking after God to get clear on the direction that He has for our lives. So, I decided to go a little “old school,” and have literally been journaling for a couple of weeks with pencil and paper. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s so different, or if the idea of sitting down and just talking to the Lord through writing out my prayers has energized my heart, but I’ve absolutely loved it. I decided that I wouldn’t try to sound religious, or make sure that my words were all scripturally based, or even write with perfect faith vernacular, but just write to my Heavenly Father (Dad) and ask for His help. I picture Him looking forward to reading my requests and then giving thought on the ways that He can help me bring those requests to pass. Have I gone crazy? Or do you think it’s possible that this is what God has wanted from us all along—just to be real!

The Message Bible translates Luke 11:10 this way, “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.” I like that “be direct” part. I found that the more direct I’ve been in my journaling, the more faith that seems to be spilling out of my heart. It’s like I’m excited to see God do some amazing things, just because I’ve asked Him, and what’s been asked is in writing.

So, I want to challenge you to shake up your prayer life a bit. Whatever you’ve been doing, just do something different. Get out of that rut, and ask, seek and knock. Actually the Greek tense of that verse would better define those words as asking, seeking, and knocking; meaning it’s something we do and continue doing. I’ll be praying for you, that God will give you a strategy to refresh your time with Him. Well, actually not until I close the lid to this computer and get my pencil and paper back out, you’ll be in my journal before the day is over.

Say It: “Father, I’ve got to get out of this prayer-rut that I’ve been in. Forgive me for letting my passion to communicate with You slip. I’m going to shake things up and I promise to ask, to seek, and to knock and keeping on knocking. Thank You for wanting to be such a huge part of my life. I can’t wait to spend more time with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

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