Let’s talk PRAYER. It has changed my life. I also know that I have TONS to learn and grow in regarding this spiritual disciple, this way of communing with God and drawing nearer to Jesus and inviting the Holy Spirit to move in my life. I know without a doubt that prayer is most under-utilized resource for believers across the board. I also know that when we talk about prayer, it brings up a lot of very real, honest emotions.
Like when we feel like our prayers are not answered the way we were hoping. Or maybe, we feel like they have not been answered at all.
Maybe it feels stale. Or maybe just the word “prayer” creates tension in the atmosphere, bitterness and frustration for things you have petitioned for, seemingly unanswered that left you or a loved one wounded.
Then there are those that just haven’t done it in so long that it feels foreign. Even awkward. Maybe once you felt really close to God but the years have gone by and life has happened and you just quit somewhere along the way.
Or there was something you brought to God over and over and over. And then one day stopped your petition because it didn’t feel fruitful.
And lastly, there are those that have knee prints by their bed. In the living room floor. They are on the well-worn path that countless saints gone on before them, interceding on the behalf of their loved ones and their world. They have transformed the four walls of their rooms into sacred meeting places, throne rooms as they have entered the presence of God. They have said some of the same prayers for years. And tomorrow, before the sun comes up, they will say them again.
Whether you have said a billion prayers or only two, I want to encourage you to make the time to share your heart with God today. Tell Him what you are thankful for. Ask Him for what your heart really needs. Let light shine in all the dark places and ask Him to make you new. And then, let Him share His heart with you.
Give prayer another chance. Give God something to answer. Make room for Him to move in your life by making time for Him on your calendar.
In James 5:17-18 we see a powerful portrait of a man of God making pivotal requests before God, one prayer at a time.
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” (James 5:17-18, ESV)
Then he prayed again. And there was fruit.
Friends, I know every set of eyes reading this represents a soul with a different story, difference circumstances, and a different background. But with complete regard and respect to whatever situations you are carrying today and all the tender pasts, I want to encourage you to PRAY. AGAIN.
Who knows if this could be the petition that opens the floodgates of heaven’s favor?
It’s our job to be faithful and KEEP praying. It is God’s responsibility to make it fruitful and send the rain at just the right time.
I want to leave you with some reflection questions (that will hopefully encourage an applicable response in your own life). If you’re willing, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. We are here to encourage one another in this race, so please feel free to share your heart and your experiences: What is your current standing with prayer? Has it been a while? Are you wanting to grow in that area, or even just begin again? Do you pray everyday? If so, what would be your encouragement to those of us looking to grow in this area? Is there something you have been praying about for a long time? Do you find it easy or difficult to keep praying?