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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
Saturday, December 27, 2014 by Patti Shene

This week concludes Jennifer Hallmark’s fictional series describing how prayer changes things. Today we look at prayers from the Psalms.

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing this insightful and inspirational series.

To access the other posts in this series, please reference the bottom of this page.

 

Prayer Changes Things-Praying the Psalms

 

This is my last installment in the series of how prayer changes things. This week Debra and Margie look at prayers in the book of Psalms.

Debra eased her car onto the interstate. She followed a moving van in the slow lane and set her cruise at a comfortable pace. She turned to Margie. “I hope this seminar on office improvement is worth the drive.”

“I attended a similar one a couple of years ago. I gained a few new skills and brushed up on the basics. And there’s a really good Chinese restaurant nearby where we can grab lunch.”

“Yum. Pad thai noodles. I’m ready for lunch now.” Debra leaned back in her seat. “I wish being a Christian was as easy as ordering Chinese.”

Margie laughed. “How did we go from lunch to church?”

“Seems like a common connection. Rushing to the restaurant after Sunday service?” Debra glanced in her rear view mirror. “But seriously Margie, sometimes I feel like I’m stuck. For example, when I pray. I know you said it was just talking to God but it’s not always that easy.”

“I understand.” Margie nodded. “We all go through seasons where we feel we can’t pray, study the Bible or learn anything. The reasons behind these blocks can be anything from stress, difficult circumstances, even  undealt issues or sin.”

"I'm not sure what my reason is." Debra tapped her fingers against the steering wheel. “What can I do to get past this “prayer” block?”

“One thing that helps me is a look in the book of Psalms.”

“I thought psalms meant songs.” Debra furrowed her brow. “How will that help?”

“I see you remember our Sunday school lesson last week.” Margie dug through her purse, and pulled out her slim line Bible.” Yes, it does mean songs but this book is also full of prayers and laments of how David and others handled life. Let me share a part of one of my favorites, Psalm 5.

“O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:1-3 NLT

“In this Psalm, David is talking to God about his struggle to pray. You’ll notice he doesn’t give up, but continues to pray every day  and affirms he needs God’s help.”

“David struggled to pray? That makes me feel better,” Debra said.

“He did and was honest about it. There’s another prayer we can pray in Psalms 19.” Margie flipped a few pages in her Bible.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NLT

“Here we see David asking God to accept his prayers though he’s imperfect. We need to realize that God sees our heart and ask Him to help us to translate that into words. The great thing about God is that even if we only groan or cry, He hears us and understands.”

“Lately that seems to be what I am best at, groaning and crying.” Debra grinned. “I’m so thankful God hears and understands me, especially when I struggle.”

“Hey, here's our exit.” Margie called out. “Now we better pray for understanding to learn at the seminar today.”

Prayer Focus: Pray for a greater revelation of God’s love for us and his willingness to hear our every prayer.

 

Jennifer Hallmark: writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. She loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with her two precious granddaughters. At times, she writes. Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max.

Find Jennifer on the web:

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The Most Important Thing blog    

Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh MY! Blog 

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Part One: The Lords’ Prayer  

Part Two: Paul’s Prayer        

Part Three: Hannah’s prayer 

Part Four: David’s Prayer for Repentance and Restoration 

Part Five: Jesus’ Prayer  

Part Six: Praying for Boldness       

 


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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
Patti Shene
10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
Patti Shene
9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
Patti Shene
9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
Patti Shene
9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
Patti Shene
9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
Patti Shene
8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
Patti Shene
8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
Patti Shene
8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
Patti Shene
8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
Patti Shene
8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
Patti Shene
7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
Patti Shene
7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Patti Shene
7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
Patti Shene
7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
Patti Shene
6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
Patti Shene
6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
Patti Shene
6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
Patti Shene
6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
Patti Shene
5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
Patti Shene
5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
Patti Shene
4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
Patti Shene
4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
Patti Shene
4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
Patti Shene
4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
Patti Shene
4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
Patti Shene
3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
Patti Shene
3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
Patti Shene
3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
Patti Shene
3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
Patti Shene
3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
Patti Shene
3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
Patti Shene
3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
Patti Shene
3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
Patti Shene
2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
Patti Shene
2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
Patti Shene
2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
Patti Shene
2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
Patti Shene
2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
Patti Shene
2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
Patti Shene
1/25/2014

Monopoly!
Patti Shene
1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
Patti Shene
1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
Patti Shene
1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
Patti Shene
1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
Patti Shene
1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
Patti Shene
1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
Patti Shene
1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
Patti Shene
12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
Patti Shene
12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
Patti Shene
11/29/2013

Shared Experience
Patti Shene
11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
Patti Shene
10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
Patti Shene
9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
Patti Shene
5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
Patti Shene
5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
Patti Shene
5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
Patti Shene
4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
Patti Shene
4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
Patti Shene
4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
Patti Shene
4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
Patti Shene
2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
Patti Shene
2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
Patti Shene
2/3/2013

Taking Stock
Patti Shene
1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
Patti Shene
1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
Patti Shene
1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
Patti Shene
1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
Patti Shene
1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
Patti Shene
1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
Patti Shene
1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
Patti Shene
1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
Patti Shene
1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
Patti Shene
12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
Patti Shene
12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
Patti Shene
12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
Patti Shene
12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
Patti Shene
12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
Patti Shene
12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
Patti Shene
12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Going Home
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
Patti Shene
11/13/2012