If this blog post were a letter,
I’d address it you
and share all the trials and triumphs
the Lord has walked me through.
If this blog post were a letter,
I’d want to be sure to say
that a purpose-filled prayer is a power-filled prayer
in every kind of way!
Okay, Okay, so maybe my poem isn’t all that great, but it got your attention didn’t it?! Exactly! I’ve got some things to share. Most importantly, these are things that I believe will take us farther along in our prayer lives with the Lord.
Our church is currently smack dab in the middle of a season of prayer and fasting. The entire month of January is dedicated to praying, dreaming, and fasting for God to lead us and direct our steps for the coming year. Not only that, but we pray and fast believing that those prayers will be answered. And I believe they will.
However, God has been dealing with me lately on the issue of prayers of purpose vs. prayers of passivity. Are we active pray-ers, praying with power and purpose? Or, are we passive pray-ers, praying out of duty and ritual? I’m serious! What thoughts, huh? And when God dropped this nugget of burden into my heart, I just knew I needed to share it with you.
I want us to be a generation that prays with power and with purpose. I want to call down heaven to earth and claim an answered prayer boldly because I’ve prayed according to God’s will. In God’s will we know that His answers are ‘yes’ and ‘amen.’ May we take some time to truly consider where we’d fall on the spectrum of passive to purpose-filled prayer lives.
While serving in ministry, I’ve learned over the years that prayer is essential to my relationship with Christ. Aside from salvation and being in God’s Word, prayer is a critical component to our walk with Christ. That’s our language, our way of speaking back to God, so to speak. Yet, I’m guilty at times of praying passive, powerless prayers that come as a result of my perceived duties as a child of God. I mean, aren’t we supposed to pray? In 2018, I’ve committed to more things (so it seems….) than I know what to do with, but I believe God is shaping up something in me that will be used to build the kingdom. Prayer may be just one way that He can shape kingdom-building things in you, too!
Like you, I’m sure, I have things that I’m praying for, but I found myself mumbling a shallow prayer on my 2-minute drive to work, or mindlessly talking to God about random things instead of engaging in that “hunkered-down” kind of prayer. Y’all. I’m serious! I have things in my life that need to be touched by the hand of God and I don’t believe that my passive, passion-less prayers are enough to move him.
Maybe you’re there too…
I’ve seen men and women on their knees crying out before God, making known their requests to him. It moves me. I realize that a fervent prayer of the faithful avails much. I’m a faithful. Therefore, my prayers should be fervent.
So, here’s what I’ve purposed in my heart to do. I believe that speaking those prayers out to God and, in faith, believing that they’re answered will be the first step. What does that look like? Saying, “Thank you, God, for answering my prayers!” Believing that they’re heard and an answer is on the way.
Secondly, I’m going to shift my mind from thinking of prayer as a duty to thinking of it as a privilege. What a privilege it is to be able to talk directly to God and know that He isn’t an arbitrary God that doesn’t hear us or see us, but He is a God involved in our lives, who loves to meet us. When a duty becomes a privilege, it’s treated with honor. I’ll cherish my time with God and look forward to it.
And lastly, I’m going to pray more often. I’ve started listening to worship music on the 2-minute drive to work (although, it’s quiet on the way home after a long day in Room 103!). I’ll also turn it on while I cook or clean and let song and scripture flood the spaces where I live and work. It creates an atmosphere of praise, a place where powerful, purpose-filled prayers are born.
Hopefully, you’ve been challenged to think about prayer differently. I’m praying for you, wherever you are. I pray for this little platform the Lord has given to me, that it will grow and become a place where people find encouragement and the courage to take the next steps in their walk with Christ.
I’ve created a prayer journal just for email subscribers and I’d love for you to have it. If you’re not sure how to begin praying or what to pray for this will be an easy tool you can use to get started. There’s also a place in there for you to write down prayers you’ve seen God answer. If you subscribe to the mailing list, you’ll find yours in your inbox. If not, subscribe below and I’ll be happy to send one your way!
I walked into the house from work, let the door slam shut behind me, and literally fell onto the couch in exhaustion. I was physically and emotionally tired from the events of the day and the week, for that matter. I struggled to name exactly what it was that was causing me to feel so much stress and anxiety. I knew something just wasn’t quite right, but I couldn’t give it a name. I couldn’t point to one single event that had happened that caused it. If felt like life was spinning endlessly out of control and although things really weren’t that bad, they were all happening so fast. Every time I thought I could get ahead, another thing popped up and the pressure built inside until I found myself wanting to give it all up. I needed a reset.
I know I am not the first person to ever feel this way. Mamas experience this when their babies are little. A new child, as wonderful of a gift as they are, often sends our world into overdrive. As they grow up, the activities increase and the time and energy required to keep up with it all can be very, very overwhelming. As a single twenty-something, my life is often like that. I feel sometimes like I’m chasing a greased pig…just as I think I’ve caught up, all order and peace slips right out of my hands. Some of it is attributed to my own doing and other things that I can’t control.
I laid down a few months ago in a quiet, dark room and realized that I wasn’t all that tired, and so I did something I never, and I mean never do. I opened YouTube. YouTube is a consultant for me. I go there to find something or learn something, not to mindlessly watch videos. But this night was different. One search led to another and before I knew it, I had landed on a video that completely captured my focus and the next 45 minutes of my attention. Here it is. I can’t even tell you how or why I found it and decided to listen other than it was certainly God.
Now. I know you’re thinking….”45 minutes! I don’t have that kind of time!” I’d ask you to make it. Carve out some white space in your day today, tomorrow, one day this week, save this post if you need to, but watch it.
Jill says something so profound. (Well, she says many profound things, but for the sake of the post we’ll look at one.)
“You go where you’re sent and you stay where you’re put and you give what you’ve got until you’re done.” – Jill Briscoe
Yes, Jill. (Go, God!) It hit me. I might feel tired and worn out and useless to the Kingdom of God at times, but He has me here for a purpose. He sent me here. I need to stay put. I have to give what I’ve got until I’m done. All. The. Way. Home, Kindall. All. The. Way. Home. (Insert your name there if you need to.)
Friends, I’m not done. I don’t believe you’re done, either. Where has God put you? What has He given you to do there? Why do we try to run away when the going gets tough and we feel like we’ve reached the end of ourselves? For, that’s exactly where God begins.
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