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Hey, hows your prayer life?
Odd question I know. But sometimes we need someone to call out the uncomfortable questions. The ones that take us back. Maybe your first reaction response is an automatic one. “It’s fine.” or “it’s good”. But how rich is it? How deep?
Prayer is our connection to our creator. The creator. So often we think about Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, as a friend. He is. But God of the Universe. The one who made it all and made it all work. The almighty. Big and powerful God….has allowed us to communicate with him. He wants to listen to us. Do you take that for granted?
Imagine how powerful that is? Imagine if you could talk to any world leader any second of any day without hesitation and they would welcome your voice? God isn’t a world leader, he is so much more. He is the leader of it all.
Realizing how big of a deal this is, are you handling the significance of this appropriately? He, the almighty, wants to hear from you. He wants a relationship. Relationship is about communication.
I say all this because I have recently been convicted of a shallow prayer life. Mind you, it was deeper than it had been 5 years ago. We are called to always be growing deeper. But we don’t always answer the call. I think God had been calling me deeper for some time but I fought it a bit.
If it is time to go deeper, I hope this episode inspires you to do so.
So often our prayer life can look a bit self-serving. Praying for what we want, when we want it. Kinda like veronica from willy wonka….I want it all and I want it now. Early on in my Christian walk, I think I treated God like a bit of a Genie in a book. I would read my bible and pray because I was broken and wanted so badly to be fixed. But fixed in the way I wanted to be fixed. I had my remodel list for God and I would pray that he would fulfill it.
I think we can all be guilty of this from time to time when we pray for ourselves. Of course, that started to change when I understood his will was greater and far better than my own. With experience, I saw what he was capable of. Now, I still take my needs to my Lord. But I pray for his will in the situation. I give it to him to solve vs telling him how to solve it. I think he can handle the details. He is a big God.
Beyond praying for ourselves, we pray for others. I can tell you first hand that there is so much power in having others pray for you and so many blessings when you pray for others. But how many times have you said or posted on social media…”I’ll pray for you” but that’s it?
Prayer is a big deal but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Can I tell you a story?
The other day I was going about work as usual. The day was plugging along and all was going well, but there was an unsettling in my spirit. I chalked it up to PMS. But it just kept building all morning. I went into a work meeting that I was excited for, I had planned for, and I just knew was going to be good. It wasn’t. I left feeling so deflated and empty. Normally, it would have been no big deal but with the unsettling that was building deep inside me, it crushed me and brought me to my knees.
I found myself crying out to God for help. Really pouring out all my fear, frustration, hopes, pain….all out loud with ugly cry all over my face. Luckily no one was around to see it.
I decided to take the rest of the day off. I was exhausted and that burst of emotion took everything I had left out of me.
So, I went home got my comfy clothes on and turned on the tv. I was searching for something but not knowing what. I needed to fill my bucket. I had heard about the movie War Room but had never taken the time to watch it. Usually, if I am watching a movie it is for family movie night.
I hit play.
God is so good to provide things, even a movie when we need it most.
I watched. Sobbed. Prayed out loud. And through my prayer, God restored me.
This whole experience just really shook me up and has had me focused on deepening my prayer life since. As I am leaning into this, there is so much information. So many books, videos, instruction on how to pray, the power of prayer, and all the stuff to know and learn. Honestly, it is a bit overwhelming. As I started down that path, eager and hungry, I found myself looking for the “right way” or the “most powerful way” This is the trap I fall in. Perfection. But like I say, life isn’t about perfection, it’s about obedience.
Seeing that this could trip me up and distract me, I took a step back and prayed for God to show me what I should do to go deeper. While I am still listening, here are three things that I am starting with.
If you are ready to go deeper in your prayer life, maybe these three things are for you too.
Make time in my day and protect it like it’s the most important thing for me to do. Because it is.
Pray out loud. A good friend once reminded me that Satan can’t hear my thoughts. So much sorrow and frustration come from the enemy and his attack on our lives. I want him to know that I am praying. That I have a close relationship with God. I want him to hear the faith I am putting in God to work in my life. And when necessary, I need to remind him that he is not welcome in my life.
Write it out. In the movie, she wrote it out and posted it on the wall. Maybe you write it out and post it in your car. I don’t know where I will post my prayers. Right now, I am putting them on post it notes and putting them in my planner. Jesus prayed multiple times a day and I want to do the same. These are small visual reminders so that I may pray without ceasing. As the day goes on if things cross my path that I need to pray for, I’ll write it down. Pray for it right then and there and the next morning when it’s m prayer time, I’ll pray again.
I hope these things help you.
Ladies, we need to fight with prayer for our families, our marriages, our country. Prayer is powerful and a gift we have been given. I pray you use it.
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