Read Psalm 95
Sometimes when you don’t feel like praying, or you’re consumed with needing to speak to the Lord but can’t gather the words, try that old standby—count your many blessings, count them one by one.
It’s amazing how you can get carried away from worries and woes and self concern when you start naming out loud what you’re thankful for. Right away your focus shifts from your needs to the Father’s graciousness and love. Try this:
LOOK UP . . . thank You, Lord . . .
LOOK AROUND . . . thank You, Lord . . .
LOOK WITHIN . . . thank You, Lord . . .
He is worthy of our highest praise and gratitude. To Him goes all the glory.
If you can’t pray, make a personalized list of blessings.
Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, Day by Day with Charles Swindoll (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2000) 328. Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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