In my last blog entry, I shared about my word and verse for the new year. If you recall with me, I admitted I wanted to be fruitful this year and see how God would use me if I truly surrendered and watched for His leading.
I had a realization these past 2 weeks. It was an "aha" moment, like they say. I was actually in the shower. Sometimes that is the best place for aha moments, maybe because it's one of the only places I am alone.
God said to me in my spirit, "What are you thinking? How do you expect to be fruitful when you are not being serious about prayer?"
That pretty much hit me upside the head. I mean, my verse for the year does say, "Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
But I thought I was doing ok with that whole thing! I have been pretty good at reading the Bible regularly, thanks to my Bible Study Fellowship lessons. But when I thought about it, I knew God was right (duh!). I was a prayer wimp, not a prayer warrior.
And everything I had read, listened to, and been taught these past 2 weeks only confirmed the lesson that God was already trying to teach me this year. He was already "pruning" me. The lead teacher at BSF mentioned that prayer is a discipline. Then also, later in my notes, I read the same. I went to a church event where the speaker handed out a book of 40 Pocket Prayers. My church is currently on a prayer focus this week. And, my MOPS group had a speaker inspiring us to pray with our families.
God had made His point. He was calling me higher. He was calling me to be disciplined in prayer, to stay closely connected with Him so I can indeed be abundantly fruitful. I had to get serious about prayer once again.
Ladies, moms, dads: if we aren't praying for our families, who is?
Prayer is important in so many ways, more so than I can list, but I'll give it a try.
-Prayer is one way we hear from the God who loves us
-Prayer gives guidance, wisdom, direction
-As we pray, Jesus and the Holy Spirit intercede and plead for us
-Prayer gives peace
-Prayer gives worries and anxiety over to God, who is big enough to handle it all
-Prayer reminds us we are never alone
My go to verse that God has used twice now to call me higher, to call me to this discipline of prayer? It is Colossians 4:2. "Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart." Other versions say to "continue in prayer," and yes, we are to never quit.
But we also should be disciplined. For me, that means a regular time of prayer each day where I pray in a structured way. I also journal my prayers because it keeps my mind focused. Breath prayers are important too, but to be disciplined and still before the Lord is to get serious about prayer. It looks different for everyone though, because we are all different.
Would you join me? Is God calling you higher, too? After all, our families need our prayers. Our churches need our prayers. Our schools need our prayers. Our country needs our prayers. And we, both you and I, need to be connected to the only source of power, the only one who can enable us to do anything of real value. We need our prayers.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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