The following devotional was shared by Joshua J Masters during the Brookwood Church Celebrate Recovery Thanksgiving celebration, A Reflection of Thanks, on Thanksgiving evening. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s…
<VIDEO: The Two Question Prayer by Joshua J Masters>
What should you pray when you don’t know what to say anymore? What do you do when you feel like you’re out of prayers? As a pastor, I’ve had a lot of people tell me they’re tired of praying.They’ve asked God to change their circumstance, fix their relationships, or transform their lives—but they still don’t feel connected to God.
I’ve experienced that same drought of divine intimacy myself, and it’s often because I’m focused on an outcome rather than my relationship with God. During those times, I’d obviously tell you I desire a closeness with God. But in reality, my heart and actions would reveal a secret hypocrisy. Is it possible that we feel disconnected from God—that He’s not answering our prayer because we’re asking the wrong questions?
What if we changed the focus of our prayers from us to Him? What if we simply asked God two questions:
<VIDEO: A Prayer for America by Joshua J Masters>
Today is the National Day of Prayer, but with all the negativity swirling around the politics of our country, many aren’t even sure how to get started. The first step in praying for the nation is committing to do so. I’ve often pondered how important it is to pray for America, but I wasn’t actually doing it. I had a ton of ideas on how others should be praying, but planning a prayer life for someone else is as effective as calling football plays from your couch. Decide you’re going to get off the spiritual bench and do something yourself.
The most important element in developing a spiritual discipline is making a commitment to the process of letting God change you. Once you’ve made that commitment, you want to be sure you remain accountable. Make a covenant with God to pray for the nation, then ask other Christians or your small group to keep you accountable. Here are a few things to keep in mind when praying for America: