The discipleship group I’m a part of just finished reading Prayer by Tim Keller. We made the decision to read it because the three of us felt like this was an area of struggle for us. What we (re)discovered was the fact we aren’t as bad at praying as we thought, we simply don’t do it enough.
While the whole book was helpful and practical, what probably helped me the most was the section on connecting prayer and Bible study through meditation. In the last chapter, Keller makes the following suggestions that can be made of any biblical text that will help lead to meditation:
“… make a list of everything it says about God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); list everything it tells you about yourself; and finally, list any examples to be followed, commands to be obeyed (or things that need to be avoided), and promises to claim.” (pg. 252 of Prayer by Timothy Keller ©2014 by Penguin Books an imprint of Randell House)
It’s quotes like this that force me to slow down and spend more time with text. The benefit of which is that, as I slow down and meditate on the passage, the passage has a better chance to lead my prayers. While I know this isn’t revolutionary, it prevents me from moving on too quickly to other tasks and “checking the box” on my devotional time (which is my natural tendency).
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