I can remember constantly asking my parents the same question over and over: Are we there yet?
Reference: v.5 They (the Israelites) spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” (TNIV Bible)
Explore: If you have ever been on a long trip with a child, or as a child, you will know the familiar saying, “Are we there yet?” I can remember when I was a child and time was something quite tricky to grasp. Everything seemed to go so slowly – math class, waiting for your birthday, and travelling long distances. I can remember constantly asking my parents the same question over and over: Are we there yet? It wasn’t until I watched the Simpsons episode where the children are sitting in the back of a car on a long trip and they constantly ask, Are we there yet? that I realized just how frustrating that can be! Now, I might not have been that extreme, but I can see how annoying it would have been to be asked the same question every single trip, over and over again.
Application: It seems that I may have brought my repetitive questions from my childhood into my adult faith. Whenever I set aside time for my daily prayer I find that I can get very repetitive. “Thanks God for this… Help me God with that… Assist my friend with their need…” And it seems I’m not the only one who repeats themselves to God. When we read of the Israelites in the desert we find that every couple of chapters they are whining to God saying, “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the desert?” If you were catching up with a friend every week you wouldn’t give them the same conversation every single time, and that’s the respect we need to show God too. Let’s stay in the routine of speaking to God regularly, but let’s not make the routine a monotonous, repetitious monologue.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I just give you the same repetitive prayers. May I share with you my heart, my feelings, my desires and my love for you. Amen.
What sentence do you tend to repeat to God in your prayers?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.