My friend Sharon is a prayer warrior.
I listened to her this morning (on a team call) as she shared stories of prayer. Wild, gotta-reach-for-the-heavens prayers. The thing is, she wasn’t trying to prove anything. She wasn’t telling me this so that I’d be convinced of the power of prayer.
It’s how she lives.
She and her husband have a wedding venue and she prays with the couple, the families, and whoever else the Lord may whisper, “pray for that one.”
When she found out that her beautiful wedding barn had thousands and thousands of dollars of repairs to bring it to code, she started to pray. But not just for her needs. She prayed for the contractor that gave her an estimate that was far beyond her means. She prayed for those who volunteered to help. She prayed as she drove to the lumber yard with not enough money for what she needed.
And somehow, prayer by prayer, the impossible became possible.
Listening to my friend, Sharon, reminds me of today’s invitation.
We are invited to live a life marked through prayer.
It’s not about name it/claim it theology. It’s not about praying just to get what we want or hope for. It’s making prayer such a part of who you are, that you are transformed.
This spills from my friend, Sharon, and it makes me want to be just like . . . um me, the prayed-up, prayer-leaning version of Suzie.
The thing is, everything comes against this. We struggle because we don’t want prayer to be a formula. We wonder if we have enough faith. We don’t want to limit it to a few words over breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So, how do we accept this invitation?
Recognize the untapped power of prayer.
Jesus showed us that prayer is revolutionary. He sought out his Heavenly Father. We don’t get to eavesdrop on the conversation, but we do see the results. Jesus emerged from prayer refreshed. Restored. Resolved.
The danger in sharing this invitation is that you’ll feel guilt that you aren’t praying like Jesus.
Recognizing the untapped power of prayer frees you from that guilt. You aren’t trying to be Jesus. Instead, you are acknowledging that if prayer becomes a part of who you are, you are changed as a result. Not always your circumstances, though there are miracles, some you don’t even see taking place.
You are continually connected to the Source.
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Recognize the untapped revolution of prayer
Sharon is revolutionary in a tepid world of Christianity. You can’t talk to her without walking away thinking, “I want that.” The revolution is in her thinking. Her first response isn’t, “Oh, my,” but “What does God want to do through or in this?”
She goes first to prayer and then she acts.
Then she responds.
When we make a prayer a part of who we are, it’s no longer untapped revolution. It’s what takes place on the inside of us. It’s what directs us. It’s what we do, before we act, respond, or make a plan.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 (NIV)
Just start. . .
Don’t worry about what it looks like, or if your prayers sounds like anyone else. Spend dedicated time alone with your Heavenly Father. He knows your life. He knows the areas that are parched. He understands that you struggled and said what you did to your husband the night before.
Don’t let any of that keep you away from the untapped transformation of prayer.
He knows your dreams, your goals, your heart for him. He knows when you haven’t felt him in a long time, and you want to so bad.
So, let’s pray. Make it a part of our day. Our life. The way we think.
21 Life Changing Invitations as We Walk with Jesus
Invitation #18: Live a life marked by prayer.
I know how busy you are. I know that you don’t know what to say. Just pray. Get alone with him. Shut off all the hype. Put your phone away — or turn it off completely.
Tell the Lord that he is your source. If it feels awkward, that’s OK. Anytime we haven’t seen someone face-to-face for awhile, there’s a need to catch up.
Be yourself. Tell him what you wish he knew, but you’ve struggled to say. Yes, I know he already knows, but there’s power in the telling.
- For the next few days, make prayer a part of your day. Every day. Don’t worry about how long. Just make it a part of who you are.
I call these prayer starters. They are prayers I’ve prayed in my own journey with him. Maybe they’ll open the door to the conversation you’ve longed to have with your Heavenly Father.
31 Prayers for the Journey. It’s an Ebook. It’s 31 starter prayers.
The Ebook is beautiful, but it’s praying that changes us. Don’t be afraid to be honest and raw. Express what’s on your heart and then take it from there. ~ Suzie