Podcast #209: “Broken Prayers” by Riley Clemmons

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

Have you ever been afraid to pray because you aren’t sure you are doing it “right”? Riley Clemmons, in her song “Broken Prayers,” reminds us that God is not afraid of how we are feeling. We can be real with Him in the midst of the messy.

The psalmist in Psalm 44 gives us an example of crying out to God from a desperately broken place. Let’s explore it together.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Read in context (the entire Psalm 44)
    • Repetition
    • Observation
  • How the order of the Psalm is significant
  • Starting with remembering what God has done and WHO He is
  • Charles Spurgeon writes, “When fathers are tongue tied religiously with their offspring, need they wonder if their children’s hearts remain sin tied?”
  • Acknowledging the victories belong to God (even if he uses us in the process)
  • Putting our trust in Him, not in the tools He gives us to fight the battle
  • Diving into the messy feelings of rejection, retreat, feeling devoured, being scattered, feeling worthless
  • Enduring the tragic even while following hard after God


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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official music video on YouTube below.

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This Week’s Challenge

I hope you’re inspired to bring your own broken prayers to the feet of the Father. Read all of Psalm 44. Read it over and over again. Make your own observations as you allow God to minister to you in the midst of your own brokenness. Rest assured, God wants all we have — no holding back — but don’t fail to boast in Him all day long and praise His name forever — even in the midst of your broken prayers.

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