Session 13

How to turn your prayers from lists to conversations

From Psalms: A 28-Day Devotional

The Bible includes more than 200 prayers by many folks about many things. But, more prayers are credited to David than any other person in the Bible. He was the shepherd boy who killed Goliath. He was also a king, chosen by God. David's prayers are heartfelt conversations with God. 

King David was called a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). This was not because he was perfect or his prayers better than others. David lusted, committed adultery, arranged a murder and had a child out of wedlock. He pleased God’s heart, however, because he was constantly in touch with and seeking God — through prayer.

David's prayers are honest but still humble, deeply emotional and still rational. He cries out to God for not moving fast enough, and in the same breath, reminds himself of God's character (Psalm 4:2-3).  And from what we can tell, David didn’t have a prayer schedule. He prayed in the morning (Psalm 5:3), in the evening (Psalm 4:4, Psalm 4:8), and whenever he was angry, joyful, or his heart needed comfort (Psalm 5:1-2). Prayer isn’t ruled by the clock but by our desire to connect with God

Prayer isn’t ruled by the clock but by our desire to connect with God.  

We can have a prayer life like David’s. Each morning, we can praise God for the blessings He has given us, including a new day. As we listen quietly, we invite God to make our prayer time a conversation. And that conversation continues as we present each request for each moment throughout the day (Philippians 4:6).

 At night, we can thank God for being present through each circumstance and for allowing us to speak directly to Him. When we start and end our day in conversation with God, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). We will be able to sleep peacefully, knowing He will provide whatever we need for in the day ahead. 

Reflect:

  • How does praying in the morning change how you approach the day?
  • How does praying in the evening prepare you for the next day?
  • Based on what you read today, what is one step you can take today to make your prayer life more of a conversation with God? 

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

The time you spend waiting is not wasted

Life is filled with ups and downs. But sometimes, the hardest place to be is in between. Maybe you're waiting for the doctor to call...

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Session 2

The best place to go when you desperately need to be refreshed

While running from Saul, David takes refuge in the desert of Judah. David is thirsty and hot, in need of basic physical provisions. But i...

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Session 3

Why it’s good to look a little farther down the road

Have you ever felt stuck between where you are and where you want to be? You’ve mapped out your life, flagging all the milestones ...

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Session 4

The difference praising God can make every day

When life gets busy or stressful, certain routines can fall by the wayside. Maybe you don’t eat as well or clea...

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Session 5

The benefits that come from reading the Bible

The Bible can be an overwhelming book of books. Sixty-six books, written over thousands of years, all put together in one. Within its pag...

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Session 6

No one said this was going to be easy

When children are little, they depend on you for everything — for food, nurture, safety, hygiene, shelter, love, protection, everyt...

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Session 7

The importance of being vulnerable

We all do it. We share smiling photos with our spouses, knowing full well a fight erupted just moments before. We spend so much time...

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Session 8

How to let go of what’s weighing you down

We all carry burdens. We carry them to work, to the grocery store, to school, and to bed at night. It’s hard to get out from under ...

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Session 9

Where do you turn when everything goes wrong?

If you found out your company was closing today, what’s the first thing you would do? You might call contacts in your industry, bru...

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Session 10

Praising God is easier than you think

How often do you think about praising God outside of church on Sundays? The psalmist encourages us in Psalm 150 to praise God every day a...

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Session 11

How to be ready for every season of life

When we go through rough times in our lives, we often seek advice from friends, family, books, a counselor, or even the media. Sometimes,...

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Session 12

Want to make God laugh?

Every day we go about our lives, making plans and preparing for the future. But more often than not, we only reach out to God when our pl...

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Session 13

How to turn your prayers from lists to conversations

The Bible includes more than 200 prayers by many folks about many things. But, more prayers are credited to David than any other person i...

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Session 15

Of everything God made, you’re His favorite

The psalmist calls God majestic. Such high praise is reserved for the best. God is impressive, beautiful, dignified, glorious. God is an ...

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Session 16

What it looks like to trust God with everything

Trust makes or breaks relationships. You can’t see it or touch it, but it’s obvious whether or not it exists between two people. Trust wi...

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Session 17

You don’t have to fight your battles alone

You don’t have to go to war to feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending battle. Maybe you’re fighting for hours at work...

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Session 18

How nature speaks to the glory of God

Have you ever seen an amazing sunset, the Grand Canyon, or a pod of dolphins playing together in the ocean? There are so many things in n...

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Session 19

What to do when life spirals out of control

Sometimes life spirals out of control, and no one seems to be there to help. When our earthly support system disappears, it can often fee...

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Session 20

You’re not alone in the dark valley

Sheep are pretty helpless animals. They aren’t smart, and they get scared easily. David, the author of Psalm 23, was a man who spen...

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Session 21

Are you standing in the way of your relationship with God?

Have you ever tried to talk to someone who wouldn’t listen, teach someone who didn’t want to learn, or correct someone who pr...

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Session 22

Why God is the best person to talk to when you’ve done wrong

Has the weight of guilt ever made you sick? It did for King David, the author of Psalm 32. Salvation makes it possible for us to ha...

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Session 23

God will never tire of you needing Him

Society teaches us to rely on ourselves and find our answers within. We take pride in not needing others and being self-sufficient. And i...

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Session 24

What it means to make God your fortress

We all share the need to feel safe. When we don't feel safe, we stop growing. Instead, we put all of our energy into managi...

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Session 25

God rescued you for a relationship

You enjoy your home, and the car is nice, but the payments are a burden. Maybe, there is the student loan and some credit card debt added...

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Session 26

Why do you do what you do?

Do you ever hear Christians talk about what they are doing "for God"? It’s an odd phrase when you stop to think about it.  Aft...

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Session 27

How to say "I’m sorry"

"I'm sorry, but...[insert excuse here]."   How many times have you heard an empty apology? "I'm sorry" means nothing unless...

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Session 28

There is no such thing as hidden sin

Too often, we take the same attitude to sin that celebrities take to blending in. In our desire to do what we want, to be our own gods, w...

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Session 29

In God I trust?

“In God We Trust” is in our pledge of allegiance, our national anthem, and on our money. It's easy to say, easy to sing a...

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