There is Power in Prayer
Prayer is the second of the four cornerstones I wrote about at the beginning of the year, that every Christian needs to establish in their life in order to have a stable foundation. No single cornerstone is greater than the others, instead, they come together to establish an unshakable foundation for faith upon which we can build our lives.
- There’s also Prayer,
- Personal Bible reading
- And Weekly service attendance and fellowship.
Today, we’re going to look at how daily prayer helps us to have a solid foundation in our lives upon which everything else can be built.
When we pray, we create an opportunity.
Prayer is essential to building a relationship with Him. It is the primary way in which we can communicate with God. We are instructed to pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17. (If you need to memorize a bible verse, that’s a short easy one.)
Therefore, God must consider it to be essential to our daily life. When you pray, you create opportunities, to talk to God, to get answers, and to develop your relationship with Him. Spend even just a few minutes in the morning talking to your maker has the power to change the course of your day. This is the only activity that I can think of that buffers you from the full impact of the brutalities that the day might throw your way.
When you pray, you have an opportunity to put on the armour of God. You shield yourself from the fiery darts of the enemy.
Prayer protects you.
Even when you’re busy, distracted and down your prayers will be working in the background to help keep you in alignment with the will of God.
In prayer, you have the chance to help someone you might be unable assist in any other way. And although you might like to be by the side of an ailing friend, a dying parent or a struggling sibling nothing you could do for them physically compares to what you can do for them spiritually when you intercede on their behalf.
When you combine the power of prayer with the word of God, you have a double-edged sword in your hands.
This is a lethal combination for the enemy because you’re not only speaking life but the life of the word of God is speaking in you.
We will get into this dynamic power combo in greater detail next week. For now just let me say that when you make the decision to get into the word of God, God gets into you. And he will transform you from the inside out, into a person of prayer.
If you struggle with developing a daily habit of prayer, I recommend 3 things.
- Write them down.
- Find a meeting place
- Track your Testimonies.
Write Them Down.
Be very specific when you’re talking to God. He has invited us to come boldly before the throne of grace. So I believe it’s best to come prepared with your list of things that are on your heart.
Here are a few things you might like to jot down.
- Your top 3 needs.
- The top 3 things you’re stressed out about.
- One miracle that you’re believing for.
- A need that your family, friends or neighbour has.
- One thing you need to make a decision about.
You can also write down the needs of the people you’re praying for. Keep a list of prayers for each person, which could include their salvation, basic needs, miracles or help.
When you make prayer a priority, you breathe life into everything you do. So instead of just wishing for change and hoping for a miracle, why not pray it through?
Find A Meeting Place
I find it very helpful to have a special place to go and meet with God. When I was first getting to truly know God I set aside date nights with Him. A special time in the evening when I would turn off my phone, light a candle for ambiance, sit quietly with my bible and notebooks, and enjoy a cup of tea with God.
I would highly recommend this to all the single ladies who read my blog!
Since having children this hasn’t been so easy to do. Now me and my crew show up at the meeting place with crayons and cheese strings.
Finding a meeting place is a personal thing and it will change with the seasons of life. For some it will be sitting down at the kitchen table, some will kneel at the foot of the bed. Others will talk to God on the back porch as the sun sets and mothers will pray while washing dishes at the kitchen sink. – Actually, posting your prayer points above the kitchen sink is an excellent tactic.
It doesn’t matter what it looks like from the outside, it’s all about what’s going on on the inside.
Pick a place and set a time and be there.
Let’s borrow some advice from the world of fitness. If you want prayer to be an everyday part of your routine, make it unavoidable.
I heard a story about a man who decided he needed to take advantage of the gym facilities at his workplace. Rather than just saying that he would go to the gym on his way to work, he made it unavoidable. He didn’t own a car, and it was too far to walk to work, so he had to run it. Since he would get to work all sweaty, he had to stop by the gym and take a shower, and since he was already at the gym it was now easy to squeeze in a workout.
How can you apply this to daily prayer?
Well, what if at the end of the day, you left your phone downstairs to charge. Let’s say you put it on airplane mode, and you trained yourself not to turn it back on until you finished your prayer time with God. Put your bible right on top of your phone for extra emphasis.
If your married or have a roommate or a close friend, you could use them to help hold you accountable. Have them check in with you to ask them if you’ve prayed today.
Or put a friendly little reminder on your mirror so you’ll see it while you’re brushing your teeth.
Track Your Testimonies
Finally, keep track of your testimonies. God is doing so many great things in your life, but too often we miss them because we’re just not looking. If you begin to keep a daily or weekly record of everything God is up to in your life you will quickly begin to realize that He is doing much more then you originally suspected.
God wants to be exalted. When we pray and create an opportunity for Him to move and be glorified in our lives, we participate in His plan for Him to reveal Himself to the world.
Through the different situations in our lives. The ups and downs. God has purposed for everything to work according to his good plan for us. By keeping track of what God is up to we will cultivate a heart of gratitude. We will feel His presence in our lives and we will know His goodness and mercy is ever for us and that He himself is for us.
Combined with the elements of daily Bible study, weekly service and tithing you have the four cornerstones to a foundation on unshakable faith.
God Bless You!
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