Word Prayer

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”~~Jack London

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is antediluvian, “very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive.” I do believe that word is used in Donovan’s song “Atlantis.”

Today is Gingerbread House Day. We built one of those one year, at Christmas time. It was fun, and pretty. Not from scratch, mind you. We bought one of those kits.

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I actually got off work on time! Christi had started our Mexican soup in the crock pot before leaving for work, so we had that for dinner, and for whatever reason, it was better than ever, last night.

One of the things we watched last night was a 2005 movie called The Family Stone. It was given to Christi (as well as others on the “Leadership Team”) by her boss at work. It had Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Clair Danes, Craig T. Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, and others. One of those family Christmas movies, it was touching and charming, as well as awkward and disturbing. We really enjoyed it.

Today will be busy. We have a band concert this morning, at 11:00, at the new facility in Southlake, called The Marq. If it doesn’t rain, we will be playing outside in the new amphitheater. If it rains, they said we will be playing inside, somewhere. Today is the grand opening of the facility.

Tonight, we have Christi’s company Christmas Party. I’m not sure where it is, but it will be in a hotel meeting room. Sheraton, or something like that. She knows where it is.

On this date in:

1787–Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the United States Constitution
1941–Adolf Hitler announced his plan to exterminate the Jews

Today’s birthdays include:

1863–Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter
1893–Edward G. Robinson, American actor
1900–Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer
1915–Frank Sinatra, American singer/actor
1919–Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist, Archie Comics
1923–Bob Barker, American game show host
1937–Buford Pusser, American law enforcement official, inspiration for Walking Tall
1938–Connie Francis, American singer
1940–Dionne Warwick, American singer
1943–Dickie Betts, American musician, The Allman Brothers Band
1949–Bill Nighy, English actor, NOT the science guy
1952–Cathy Rigby, American gymnast and actress
1952–Sarah Douglas, English actress
1970–Jennifer Connelly, American actress
1970–Madchen Amick, American actress
1975–Mayim Bialik, American actress and neuroscientist, Blossom, Big Bang Theory

Connie Francis is an American singer, turning 77 years old today. She had a number of hits, including “Where the Boys Are,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” and “Stupid Cupid.” Here’s her song “Who’s Sorry Now?”

Robert Browning, Charles Goodnight, Douglas Fairbanks, Tallulah Bankhead, Anne Baxter, Joseph Heller, Peter Boyle, and Ike Turner are among notable deaths on this date.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)

The next step in Timothy Keller’s framework for daily prayer is called “Word Prayer.” In this, he borrows from Martin Luther, who made it a habit to, after meditating on some Scripture, taking time to “‘pray the text’ before moving on to more free-form prayer.” While meditation, in and of itself, is not prayer, this is a way to move it directly into prayer.

As we discover something within the text we have used for meditation, something that can be used as “a basis for praising, repenting, and aspiring,” we can turn the meditation into prayer, creating a continuous flow within our daily prayer time.

The Psalms are probably the best passages for praying Scripture back to God. Eugene Peterson has written a book called Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer. It’s on my Amazon wish list, and I may buy it after Christmas if no one gives it to me. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading his take on using the Psalms for prayer.

Another great way to pray Scripture back to God is, of course, the Lord’s Prayer, the model given to us by Jesus. Martin Luther suggests personalizing this as we pray each phrase, filling in our own needs and desires as we go.

Father, as you teach me to pray, give me wisdom in using this idea of praying your Word back to you. I ask for guidance from your Spirit as I meditate on Scripture, finding portions that can easily be prayed to you, giving my daily prayer time a better flow. Mostly, I just want to be centered on you as I pray, and using Scripture is a great way to do that.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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