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Day 9


Today's Text: 1 Kings 8:44-45

Join us today as we read Day 9 of the YouVersion Prayer plan, then come back here and let’s talk about what we’re learning!
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  • I've had a hard time pulling much from these verses the past few days, and today was no exception. I am VERY thankful for the insight that everyone else brings to this community as sometimes, that is where I hear the Lord speaking to me rather than when I'm straining to figure out what He is saying through the daily scripture selection.
    But lately I've also been thinking about the Jewish prayer tradition. I'm no expert, but I do know that there are prayers for EVERYTHING. All day long. A prayer before you get out of bed. Prayers before enjoying any material pleasure (like eating). Prayers to recite when something good happens. Or something bad. Prayers to say when you see something out of the ordinary…like a rainbow. Prayers for pretty much anything that could happen throughout the day. And, although I don't know any of these prayers really, and think it would be hard not to get burnt out reciting specific pre-scripted prayers all the time, I like the heart behind it. To draw us back into communication with Him and to keep us there all day.

    • JoanBandy

      Jesyka, I'm glad you are learning from others when you have a mental block. That is the heart of a true and authentic learner…to keep searching. Sometimes, the Lord takes me in a direction different than what is probably intended. Sometimes, reading a new version helps, or trying a translation to free up my mind from having to read it the same way too many times. I also enjoy doing "Soul Detox" at the same time as the "Prayer" study…much room for thought in a couple different directions. I didn't have much appreciation for learned prayers until I attended a conference which uses them. I can still quote that prayer to this day when I have a hard time getting other words out. There is probably a place for both, but I think what God values most is that we are honest before Him, however we go about it.

      • Jesyka

        Thank you for your encouragement and suggestions…especially about trying another translation. I will look into the "Soul Detox" study….is that the one that #shereadstruth did before the prayer study?
        I have been thinking a lot about "scripted" prayers lately and do think there is a place for them. I even have a fondness for them…the idea that so many people throughout history have murmered those words. And I like the idea of learning a few….for the times when I don't have the words or "feel" the words…even something as simple as before meals saying "Blessed is He who brings forth bread from the earth'" or so that I at least can focus back on what is most important-He is worthy, not matter how I feel. I read a quote once that said that liturgical prayers "support the spirit and prescribe it to a fixed path." I like that.

        • Hannah Odarve

          Jesyka, the Soul Detox was the first plan that the community read. The second was Living the Surrendered Life and this Prayer study is the third. :) I was behind in the Soul Detox because I started late but when the community moved on to the second plan, I read it together with the Soul Detox. You can never have too much word of God. :)

  • Rebecca Ann

    When I read these verses, I wrote down on my legal pad that where ever I go, whatever I'm doing … God will hear my prayers and pleas. I just have to listen and trust in Him.

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  • I was struggling in what to get from this passage at first, so I looked up the cross-reference verses. 1 Chronicles 5:20 hit me.

    "They were helped in fighting…because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him." (NIV)

    I have been struggling with a lack of patience with my toddler, and what I took from this was that in the midst of daily battles, if I will call out to God (even stopping right in the middle of a frustrating moment), trusting that he will answer, he will hear and answer and uphold my cause.

    I'm always amazed at how God speaks into the situations that we are in RIGHT NOW when we take time to dig into the Word. I'm so thankful for SheReadsTruth!

    • smallstillvoices

      I agree Heidi! I need patience so much, and lately even more so! I have been feeling God pull on my heart, like He wanted to talk to me. I finally read this late last night and my heart was flooded with His Truth. He always finds a way to speak to us, even when we don't want to listen!


    • Laura

      God has been talking to me a lot lately about how I am parenting my toddler and how I desperately need to turn to Him each day and seek help from Him each day. Right before I read what you commented here, I wrote in my journal "This little zoo may feel far from sacred but we are not far from God". God is the perfect parent. I desperately need to trust Him to hold me up as I am dealing with my toddler (and newborn) and trust Him to fill in where I fail.

  • This is what I read… No matter where you are, no matter what battle you are facing He will hear your prayers from heaven, He will hear your pleas and He will uphold your cause.

    When He sends you to battle against your enemies look to Him, pray to Him, and He will hear your prayers + uphold your cause.

  • I’m so thankful we are doing this study! I started reading The power of a praying wife and The power of a praying parent along with the study. It couldn’t have come at a better time! My husbands job started cutting back on hours and we are now make half of what we were making. Today, I opened up The power of a bring wife an the chapter was about His job! God is so good! Fear is a big thing I’m struggling with and he is feeling overwhelmed.

    • Ashley

      I just started reading the same books. Great timing with this study.

  • smallstillvoices

    I think that whatever is on your heart, God will use as a lens when you read through any scripture. It spoke to me about forgiveness and grudges because that is whats on my heart right now.
    But I think what is so amazing is that whatever you need to hear from it, is how you will view and interpret it. Our God is in all and will use what he can to speak to your heart.
    I LOVE that! and its so interesting to see what everyone got out of today's reading!


  • In reading most of the chapter, the context is King Solomon's Prayer of Dedication of the newly built temple that houses the Ark of the Covenant. In verses 44-45, he's talking about when the Israelites are away from Jerusalem and away from the temple, whether for war or because God has sent them to some other place, and asking God to still hear their prayer and uphold their cause.
    Where this speaks to me is in thinking about where I pray and experience God – that even if I'm not in church or in a distinctly sacred space, as long as I turn to the Lord and pray to God that God will uphold my cause. It doesn't matter where I am, just as it doesn't matter whether the Israelites are in Jerusalem or near the temple, God still hears my plea.

  • When I read it I thought about we are at war with evil and temptation on a daily basis and how He is withnus in battle. He upholds our cause and works all things for His good. Which is a great truth to cling to when the world seems full of crazy and violent things.

    • Kim B.

      I thought the same thing Carrie. We go to war against Satan on a daily basis as he is unfortunately all around us trying to frustrate God's plans for us. I LOVED how the author asks God to hear our prayer, our pleas & uphold our cause! I love it even more that God does :)

    • Kristin

      I totally agree…and it's sad to think how poignant this is with the events in Colorado. Special prayers to all those affected by the evil actions, and prayers for the assailant and his family, who are in obvious need of help.

  • I agree. I didn't really know what to get out of today's reading other than you obey as God's commands, you pray, and he'll listen… Maybe I should read the entire chapter? Maybe I'm totally reading this wrong?

  • Wow! good points. Wasn't sure what to get from this and this helped. thanks.

  • smallstillvoices

    What courage and strength it takes to forgive and forget when we have been wronged instead of turning to anger or worse, reacting with a hateful heart. But, how I have been wronged or hurt is NOTHING compared to how I have wronged and hurt God.
    When I sin and stray, doesn't that hurt God? When I turn toward selfishness, doesn't God hurt? When I choose my own path and not the one God has laid before me, I have wronged him; and yet there He stands, loving and forgiving. He knows my heart and he chooses me. He loves me for all I am DESPITE my flaws and mistakes. So, why is it so hard to return that to others who have hurt us? Why, as humans, do we feel like we have the right to hold grudges, and to judge others with an angry heart. Where would we all be if God chose to treat us with these standards?


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