Who has ever told someone that they are praying for them and then straight up forgot? Or who has ever said that they were going to pray for someone because that’s what we are supposed to say, but not end up doing it? I have honestly been guilty of both of these things. And if you’re honest, too, you’ll admit the same. Aren’t you thankful that God doesn’t need our prayers to perform miracles, though? Because if it depended solely on us, it would be a disaster. But I’m not going to stop here.
I love that Jesus invites us to partake in miracles and that prayer is designed to change us, our hearts & our faith.
My perspective on prayer is this: Prayer is an honor. Prayer is P O W E R F U L. Prayer opens up heavenly realms here on earth and gives us such beautiful glimpses of Heaven. Prayer takes our minds off of ourselves and forces us to place our hope in God for the outcomes of situations. Prayer is a reminder that we don’t have to do this alone. Prayer is an opportunity to invite others in your world to fight with you. Prayer brings people together. Prayer doesn’t discriminate. Prayer doesn’t have any division. Prayer isn’t political. Prayer can look like anything. Prayer doesn’t have boundaries. Prayer sets you F R E E.
So how do we be more intentional about our prayer lives? How do we consistently follow through when there are things to pray for? Something that has worked so well for me has been making a weekly prayer list. I sit down at the beginning of each week and search my heart and try to listen to the Lord, as I write out these prayers. Some week’s prayers sound the same as the week prior, but other week’s are very unique. After I’m done with my list, I send it to my friend, Hannah. I love having her pray with me for these really specific and sometimes vulnerable prayers. It invites her in to witness God do a mighty work in a situation that feels totally out of my control. For me, having a tangible list and someone to be praying with me has changed everything.
Also, another thing that has helped me, when someone reaches out for prayer, I don’t just say, “praying!” anymore. I actually take time out to write out a prayer for my friend who needs it. They read it, receive it and we are both better for it. I learned to take time out of my day to write something meaningful and spirit-filled and the person on the other end can always go back to that tangible prayer.
People are worth it. There IS enough time in the day to stop what you’re doing and actually pray. Prayer isn’t a test of God’s faithfulness, it’s an honor and obedience for us to lay our lives down for the Kingdom of God.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” -James 5:16
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” -Jeremiah 33:3
My sweet friend, Hannah, helped me write this to end:
We don’t have to beg God to come through for us. The heart of God isn’t for us to get on our knees and reason with Him to have mercy on us and answer our prayers. Jesus died on the cross to forever bind the gap that we created. He hears us, He knows our every need. The Bible says that He bends down to hear our prayers. He tells us that we can come boldly before His throne with all of our needs and questions. He wants to listen to us and he always answers our prayers. We may not always understand why He does what He does, but we can trust in His faithfulness.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
I am so thankful that God’s goodness doesn’t depend on my inconsistent prayers. But I’m also thankful that no matter how many times I miss the mark, He shows up because He is good. He doesn’t need my prayers, but He wants my heart and because of that I will pray!
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” -Jeremiah 22:12