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From a music standpoint, this melody is boring. I intended it that way.... and I don't mean in a "cat falling off the sofa and looking at you with an 'I MEANT to do that' " way. When we're confused about something, we sure don't need complicated directions. So I created a simple melody that basically walks down a scale as I describe the 5 basic descriptions that helped ME learn how to pray. I "grew up in the Church" and always believed in God's existence, based on the evidence in Nature. (Even before I ever knew of Romans Chapter 1's end.) But when I became a Christ-follower in college, I was utterly confused by the books people gave me on "how to pray." Three things helped me learn how to communicate with our LORD God:
(1) The acronym ACTS, which is the basis for this song: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication [the fancy word for "just ask God"].
(2) When still somewhat confused and discouraged at my "stupidity," God guided me somehow -- I still don't know where -- to Charles Stanley's book “The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life”. In my church denomination, hardly anyone ever spoke of the Holy Spirit as a modern-day real Helper.
(3) Then I discovered Brother Lawrence's “Practice of the Presence of God”. Through it, God changed my life of prayer to joyful communication with Him.
Song Story: THE LYRICS
The Original Title of this song was “Don't Know What to Pray.” It came from a prayer in my journal 13 days earlier when I was working on “Praising in the Rain.” A “bad day” shall we say?! Both songs centered around the realization that we humans are very self-centered when we say “I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO PRAY.” The actual meaning is “What will help me, or help them,” rather than focusing on our great God. When we don't know what to pray, it's simple: Just praise and worship ....
Then trust God to take care of you.
Dedicated to our Understanding God, 29 November 2010
1 “I don't know what to pray” is a common prayer. So
here are five simple steps to quickly get you “there.”
STEP ONE: Ask God's Spirit to guide your words. God
promised in Romans 8: 26, He'll pray your words.
STEP TWO: Just PRAISE God for Who He is: John
4: 23 and 24 tells you HOW, by Jesus.
STEP THREE is to THANK God for all He's done. At the
TOP of your List of Thanks is God
sending His Son.....
to die on a Cross so
you can pray STEP FOUR:
Ask God to forgive You for all of your sins.
You must admit to sins:
First John Chapter one.
Just say “Please forgive me” and God WILL.
STEP FIVE is TELL God what help you need. God
loves you and will guide you. Just ask Him--- John 14.
Romans 8:26-27 NKJV. “... the [Holy] Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. [NIV: “expressed in words”]. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, be-cause He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
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