• Jack Selcher

Pray-giarism


Plagiarism is taking someone else's work or ideas & passing them off as yours. Pray-giarism is taking God’s ideas, words and will and turning them into your prayers. That’s a life-quake-proof foundation on which to build your life. God promises that if you ask anything in harmony with his will, He hears you and your prayers will be answered (1 John 5:14–15).


I’ll illustrate pray-giarism by showing how Psalm 100 can direct your prayers. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalm 100:1, NIV). Here are examples of shouting for joy to the Lord prayers – “Lord, I’m yours! I’m a sheep in your flock! You’re my shepherd. I shall not want (Psalm 23)! You’ve forgiven my sins (1 John 2:12)! You credited Christ’s righteousness to my account (2 Corinthians 5:21)! I’m your heir and a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)! Nothing can separate me from your love” (Romans 8:38-39)!


“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs” (Psalm 100:2, NIV). Prayer includes singing. The Psalms were Israel’s hymn book and prayer book. Spiritual passion indicates spiritual health. True worship is offered happily and cheerfully. A joyful song from my childhood was, “Joy in My Heart.” If you know it, sing it through twice wholeheartedly to the Lord. That lifted your spirit, didn’t it?


“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3, NIV). You sometimes live as if someone or something other than God were God. Confess that. Lord, Sometimes I treat other people & things as if they were God. I value them more than I value You. I confess my foolishness. May you alone be my defining passion. I’m your sheep. I need your constant attention and supervision. You’ve taken responsibility for my welfare. Thank you!


“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4, NIV). I thank you for your overflowing goodness. As I focus on that goodness, may I overflow with thanksgiving. Thank you for… (Name at least ten things for which you’re thankful).


“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5, NIV). You’re good and Your love prevails from vanishing point past to vanishing point future. Your faithfulness never takes a vacation. I can’t escape it. I don’t want to. When seas and mountains pass away, Your faithfulness will endure.


You don’t have to pray-giarize all the time. But your prayers are probably most intelligent when you do! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #prayer


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