The Lord has been dealing with me in regards to my prayer life.
Prayer is powerful but so often we find ourselves too distracted by the world to be able to commit to it wholeheartedly. I am that person.
My prayers often feel ineffective and added to that, when I don’t feel the Lord has answered my prayers as quickly as I’d like or in the way I’d hoped I get frustrated and give up seeking God in prayer in the fervent way I’m supposed to…
Can you see the pattern? My prayer life was connected to my feelings. How dangerous.
The word says pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and I was ceasing to pray because of my ever changing feelings and the enemy was having a field day…the less I prayed the more I beat myself up for not praying and the worse I’d feel…what a messy cycle of hopelessness and confusion….
As a Christian I can not be governed by my sinful nature and my feelings form part of that. Of course my flesh battles to do that which pleases God, this is what spiritual warfare is about. The adversary of our souls plagues us with feelings of ineffectiveness, disillusionment and pride and distracts us with disruptive thoughts, lies and busyness, anything to dull our impact for Christ. This can not be friends.
Praise be to God, that in all His tender, loving, grace and mercy, He has really sought out to speak to my soul and make me hunger for a powerful prayer life. What changed my lukewarm attitude was a testimony I heard at church. An evangelist in his late sixties was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer and given only months to live. The type of cancer he had was known to have few survivors once past the age of 65. The prognosis was extremely poor and yet people prayed. His wife prayed, his family prayed, the body of Christ prayed and his situation changed. Hallelujah!!
The chemotherapy that was supposed to make him so sick and weak as the cancer was treated, had no such impact. He was able to exercise daily and eat to his hearts content. Why? Because people prayed. His wife specifically prayed that his experience would be atypical, that God would move so powerfully in his circumstances that people would be confounded. GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS FAM!!And the prayers of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). Glory!!
After treatments he should have been too weak and disorientated to drive and yet he drove the 2 hour journey to the hospital and the two hour journey back, the doctors were dumbfounded, patients who had received the same treatment struggled to walk to their car, let only drive it. Why was this man of God’s testimony so different? Because people PRAYED saints. I could go on about the amazing miracles that took place in this man’s life, but I think you get my point. PRAYER IS POWERFUL!!
Armed with this new found zeal for prayer, I have begun to hold nightly prayer meetings with my children before bed. Bedtime can be a chaotic period in my household. Hyper children not wanting to go to sleep or brush their teeth, children arguing and not listening; me, exhausted, angry and shouting. I’d had enough, so on the Monday after attending the church service I spoke about, whilst in bed trying to unwind, yet hearing the familiar squabbling of my children in their room, the Lord spoke to me and instructed me to get up and change the atmosphere in that room by speaking peace and love, singing, worshipping and praying to Jesus about our day and what we were thankful for, what we require help with, how He wants to use us to glorify Him. The change has been supernatural people!! Hallelujah!!
Bedtime has become a peaceful experience as we cast our hurts, frustrations and difficulties upon Jesus and pray for His power to flow freely in our lives. My five year old son, shares stories about what he has learnt in children’s church and the Lord uses him to inject little nuggets of wisdom to guide our prayer points. His most recent offering was that God does not look at our outward appearance but at our hearts.
Wow I’m amazed at your providence Lord!
My middle child is my strong willed pocket, rocket who has often pushed me to the brink of despair because of her sometimes rebellious attitude. Thankfully the Lord has worked a miracle in this area too and our prayer meetings have given her an outlet to share with the Lord her struggles and issues, she is so much more calmer and focused on God and behaving in ways that will please Him. Praise God.
My eldest daughter is the most reserved, but as she watches and listens intently to the words that are spoken in prayer and the songs sung in worship I know the Lord is doing a mighty work in her heart as she will often surprise me when I find a prayer she has written lying around the house or she will say something that will assure me that Christ is at work in her life.
I’m so glad the Lord has seen fit to deal with me in this important area of Kingdom living. By teaching my children the importance of prayer at a young age I pray the harvest will be reaped throughout their lifetime. When I pray with them I pray out loud. I demonstrate to them that I am an imperfect person in need of a perfect saviour. I pray that my transparency speaks to their hearts and draws them into a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Have your way my Lord.