Some of us post prayers on social media, on blogs 🙂
… or go into war rooms, private places to cry out.
… or sing as we pray.
… or lift up names because He knows the need.
Some of us skimp on prayer, knowing He reads our hearts.
Some of us turn to friends, spouses … before we turn to God.
Some of us are wrecked by guilt when we have neglected prayer … because events have unfolded inviting us to despair.
Because we are human, all these statements apply to us, don’t they?
Even prayer warriors who spend hours on their knees struggle to pray without ceasing.
Speak to Our Lord all the day through while we are doing other things?
A dear friend and sister in Christ taught me. Early in my walk with Jesus, Steph described how as she watched her young children play, as she interacted with them, she would pray in her mind about their futures.
Hmmmm, I thought. I ought to try that.
That was several years ago now.
I am still learning how to talk with God as often as possible. Confer, seek, praise, pour out, chat, pray as my hands wash dishes, as they type emails, as my ears listen to our boys laugh, as my arms hug my husband, as I say hello to the mail carrier, as I drive through town.
How do you talk to God? When do you talk to Him?
This moment I am praying:
Dear Jesus, will You overcome evil-doers as You did with Saul on the way to Damascus? Dear God Our Just Father, please open our eyes to Your truth, lift our gaze to Your amazing glory.
Lord, I lay my fears and anxieties at Your feet, I claim Your truth in Psalm 91 that we shall receive spiritual and physical protection: my husband, myself and our children as well as those things for many sons and daughters of God who are under attack.
God, I look for Your supernatural power to rise within Your chosen leaders. Lord, if it be Your will, turn these plans of destruction into a holy revival where Your Word is the unquenchable fire igniting hearts across America, even to the far ends of the earth, Lord.
My Mighty Lord who is a Warrior! Clean my heart, skim off the ugly, replace with it Your righteousness, Your compassion.
Praise Your holy name, ever worthy, ever loving, ever powerful. Praise You that You have plans for each of Your children, for You are Forever on the Throne!
If we pray like there is no tomorrow, will that change our prayers?
“The reality is my prayers don’t change God. But, I am convinced prayer changes me. Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself” ~Lysa TerKeurst
Will our hearts soften as we talk with heaven to forgive more easily as He has forgiven us?
Will we open our greedy hands to surrender more to He who gives life and takes it away?
Will we be transformed to live each given day knowing and trusting His ways are higher?
God tells us we shall not boast about tomorrow, so let us go forth praying in His Spirit and in His truth like there is none. We can’t guarantee anything except our inevitable physical death and Jesus’ promised return. Any plans we make are in vain.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring (Proverbs 27:1).
Each time we pray, we grow our hope. Knowing Jesus means we place hope in a future that we cannot fully comprehend, but we choose to trust it is being prepared for us.
Take a listen to Isaiah:
In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all the nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways so that we may walk in His paths.”
The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between nations and will settle many disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord (The Mountain of the Lord, Isaiah 2:2-5).
I walk in His light where I am safe, where I am free, where I am full of hope, where my heart is honored as one of His own. Praying, praying, praying.
Will you try praying like there is no tomorrow?
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
Thank you for coming alongside me here. These words are an outcry to the Lord. It is a tough balance being in the world but not of it. It requires His wisdom to know when to speak publicly, but we can say anything to Him privately. He is big enough to receive our fears, our cries against injustice, our sin, our need for cleansing.
I welcome your thoughts, questions, concerns.
If you need specific prayer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Love in Christ,