Do you ever struggle with what to say in your prayers?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
That’s what moved me to ask God to help me change the way I was praying. My first Sunday school teacher once said, “Read the red, pray the power.” I didn’t fully understand what that meant at the time. I just knew she could pray heaven to earth, and I wanted to be able to pray as boldly as she did.
Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word is alive and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword. When I came across this verse, it was like someone turned a light on. “Read the red, pray the power.” My Sunday school teacher used to pray the scriptures. By speaking and praying the Scriptures, she was coming into agreement with God, and His power was released in her prayers.
With this revelation, I began a journey to strengthen my prayer life, and along the way I discovered a few things. As I prayed God’s Word, I was hiding it in my heart and memorizing the scripture. I gained a better understanding of the Bible and His truth. Then I began to see how it changed my perspective, and changed my usual ramblings into mighty, powerful prayers, “that I might know Him better.” All of these things increased my faith and strengthened my walk with Him.
When I first saw the Nesters 31 Day Writing Challenge, I thought, “Write a post for 31 days in a row? No way.” I was certain there was no way I could do it. Then I wondered what could I possibly write about for 31 days, and before long I knew. If I took the challenge, God wanted me to write about prayer, and how I learned to pray His Word.
When it comes to prayer, I’m all about it. Scoot over, let me in. If you ask me to pray for you, by golly you can be sure that I will. If I don’t do it right then and there, I want you to know that I’ve gone into my “secret” place and petitioned the Almighty on your behalf.
Prayer is one of the greatest gifts I can give you as your friend and fellow sojourner in Christ. I know what my life looks like on any given day, and that there are busy mom’s, wives, and daughters out there that appreciate having a sister sending up a petition or two on your behalf. Here I am. Sign me up.
So how does it work? I have no clue, other than I’m linking up with a hostess of other writers on a thousand different topics from homemaking to bread baking (why not?) and my topic will be that of prayer. I hope you’ll join me, be encouraged, and say a prayer for me, too. I’m terrified to make such a big commitment, and I can’t do it without Him, and without you.
Oh, and if you feel led, why not join in and post your prayer, answers to prayer, or just your encouragement for others in the comments section of this post? Your comments are always received with gratitude and are a great encouragement to me, too.
I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ today, that they would be rooted and established in Your love, and that each would have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep Christ’s love it, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that each one may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Day 2: Seeking His Kingdom
Day 3: For Wisdom
Day 4: Self-control
Day 5: Our Words
Day 6: Thoughts
Day 7: Friends
Day 8 – Trust
Day 9 – Humility
Day 10 – You are Beautiful
Day 11 – Just. Be. Still.
Day 12 – Praying for Priorities
Day 13 – Praying for the Prodigal
Day 14 – Blessings
Day 15 – Holiness
Day 16 – I Need You
Day 17 – Repentance
Day 18 – Children
Day 19 – His Grace is Sufficient
Day 20 – Just Pray
Day 21 – Habits and Blessings
Day 22 – When You’re Angry
Day 23 – Letting Go
Day 24 – Prayer of Gratitude
Day 25 – Beauty for Ashes
Day 26 – When You Need Healing
Day 27 – Rest
Day 28 – Truth
Day 29 – Love
Day 30 – Mercy
Day 31 – The Finisher
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