‘Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things;’ Psalm 98.1
When we pray, it is so easy to get into certain habits! This may not be bad in itself as a certain rhythm in prayer can sustain us as we seek to develop a regular pattern and discipline of prayer in our lives. However, the danger is that we fall into a pattern of lifeless ritual.
We find sensible advice in the words of this psalm: ‘Sing to the Lord a new song’. In other words, let’s not treat prayer like superstition – that if we don’t do it in a certain way then our prayers won’t be heard – but instead let’s come afresh to God each day, doing or saying something different because ‘…his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;’ (Lamentations 3.22-23). In other words, every day there is a freshness about the love of God, and a new joy in his heart as he sees us coming to him.
As you turn to God today – and it is a new day, a different day from yesterday – why not try approaching him in a fresh way?