What could happen if we were uncommon in the way we approached prayer?
When I was a younger Christian, most of my prayers focused on my immediate needs, or those of my loved ones. My prayer life was common. Not wrong, just common.
“Lord, please help me pass this exam.”
“Father, please heal my uncle.”
“Lord, please don’t let me get a ticket.” (Truth…I prayed that a lot!).
As I’ve matured in my understanding of prayer, & in my experience of prayer, I’ve added to the list. It’s not that I never pray short, “common” prayers…I do. It’s just that I see prayer very differently now.
It’s not just me asking my Father in heaven to meet my (sometimes selfish) needs. It IS that, but it’s also so much MORE than that. It’s constant connection to, dependence on, & communication with the God who sees my past, present, & future (& that of my loved ones) & Who is using us to build His Kingdom.
I can depend on Him to lead me, & prayer is one of the ways He does it.
The early church got this right. In Acts 2:42-43 we read, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching & the fellowship, to the breaking of bread & the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, & many wonders & signs were being done through the apostles.”
What could God do if we devoted ourselves to prayer like them? Would we see God move more? Would we have a deeper relationship with Him?
Why don't we try it & see.
Beginning Monday 6/7/21 I’ll be hosting a prayer challenge for moms here on my IG called #pray412. It’s based on Hebrews 4:12....“For the word of God is living & active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul & of spirit, of joints & of marrow, & discerning the thoughts & intentions of the heart.”
I believe praying God’s Word is the most “uncommon” thing we can do for our children. It’s alive. Has power. It can be our entire game plan for parenting.
6/7 - 6/11 I’ll go live at 4:12PM EST to live pray 5 verses I believe all moms should pray. I’ll announce those specific verses tomorrow. For now, follow the #pray412 link in my bio & get signed up to receive all of the prayers. We’ll send them soon after the challenge is over!