No one likes to feel powerless in a situation. However, sometimes we are put in situations where, at every turn, that is exactly how we feel. IRS issues. Step-parenting. Ex-spouses.
We are limited in the actions that we can take, and we must only act within those limits even when it is apparent that in the big picture our actions (at this level) may not even cause a ripple.
It may be one of the most frustrating things ever!
To be completely transparent, in this case praying seems so small. Praying also might seem like a last resort.
I have come to realize that prayer feels that way when we pray unintentionally and without expectation.
We use the catch phrase “I’ll be praying for you” just like we use “Have a nice day” or “Nice weather we are having.” Dismissively. Not authentically. Words to fill the silence when we do not know what to say.
I am guilty of this or at least I have been on occasion!
We want to “do” something and often praying does not feel like we are doing anything because we do not get instant results. Praying feels like we are whispering words into the wind or letting a balloon go. We just watch it float away until it is out of sight and out of mind.
Why is it that we have the single greatest, most powerful “weapon” that can literally move heaven and earth at our disposal and quite often we leave it on the shelf gathering dust?
Belief maybe? We have to BELIEVE in the power of prayer. Prayer is not passive. Prayer is an action word. When we pray, we must do so with intention and with the expectation that something miraculous is going to happen. We have to wait with anticipation as we watch to see the “mountains” move.
I keep a prayer journal and write my prayers in letter format to God. Upon reading back through them, the evidence of God hearing and answering my prayers is astounding and undeniable. Even some of my most “insignificant” requests have mattered to God. God is in the small things – the details – just as much as He is in the big things. A mountain is relative to the person needing to move it.
Maybe you do not need to move anything. Maybe you just find yourself alone, feeling like you need a listening ear. You need someone to really care. Let me share this insight. Go to God first. Share your heart with Him. If your prayer requires human interaction, God will send you the perfect person. In the past, I went to a person first – the wrong person on at least one occasion – and the listening ear that I chose ended up have a wagging tongue. God keeps your secrets and will never break your confidence. When you go to God in prayer, He only affirms how very much that we matter to Him.
When we pray, we have God’s ear. We are not trivial to God. God should not be trivial to us. Before my husband and I got married, I could not wait for our next conversation. We need to be that excited to talk to God.
One of the single best things that I ever did for my prayer life was reading “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. It completely changed my understanding of prayer. I began to pray bolder prayers.
When I say that I pray bold prayers, I pray within the goodness of God. God is not likely to answer my prayer that asks Him to make my husband’s ex-wife to disappear.
The second best thing that I ever did for my prayer life was to begin keeping a prayer journal. It reminds me what I have prayed about and provides me with indisputable evidence of the answers to those prayers. I am going to tell you in our all too often busy, noisy, chaotic world it is easy to forget that we talked to God about something. Think of it like receiving a text message on your phone and not remembering if you answered or only thought about doing so.
I write this blog as a call to action to myself – a reminder. Please feel free to join me. I need to step up my own prayer life. I have grown somewhat complacent in presenting my requests to God. God does not answer the prayers that we haven’t prayed.
Until Next Time,
If I can pray for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
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