The flow of life, some is smooth and some rough.
It was an epiphany of sorts. I saw my parents and grandparents praying for me and knew their prayers had played a vital role in the flow of my life. As if they had been pouring goodness into me.
Timothy in the New Testament benefited from such prayer—
Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 2 Timothy 1:3-5 NIV
The prayers poured out for Timothy by Paul and Timothy’s Grandmother and Mother, helped him in his life.
That is one of the major reasons for being part of a local church so that we can pour prayer into each other.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 NLT
Paul states that prayer is one part of armor we should not neglect in our battle with the powers of this dark world.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Ephesians 6:13 NLT
So I encourage you to pour out prayer for your family and friends and not give up.
The higher up I go the more insignificant I feel.
No prayer is too small and insignificant that God will overlook it.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7
No request too huge that the infinite power of God will not make it look insignificant.
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
Lifting hands to heaven
When I pray sometimes I catch myself going through a formula to determine how effective my prayer will be:
- Have I been obedient for at least 48 hours?
- Length of prayer is directly proportional to its effectiveness.
- Fasting will really increase my chances for a favorable outcome to my petition.
It is funny how I think I can twist God’s arm by doing these things. Don’t get me wrong these spiritual disciplines are good to do, but they are not meant to leverage God––to get Him to do what we want. Instead they are disciplines that get us to a place of humility and dependence upon God.
I propose a different checklist to go through as you approach God with a request:
- Does God’s love reach to the heaven’s and endure forever? Psalm 36:5 √
- Is His compassion new this morning? Lamentations 3:22-23 √
- Is God faithful in all that He does? 1 Corinthians 1:9 √
I must remember prayer is all about God, and not about me.
Glow of a new day
O LORD bless this day with Your will and my Obedience.
“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” -Jesus, Luke 11:28
The start of a new day
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
This morning I come before God and ask for His help to live this day to the full.
“Lord, don’t let the thief steal it with anger, laziness, or in the pursuit of worthless things. Send Your Holy Spirit to overcome my weakness and transform this day to one that glorifies You––the fullness of life.”
A simple morning prayer
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8
In case you drove by and did not stop to admire.
What a wonderful Thanksgiving prayer:
The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths
for the honor of his name.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid.
You are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff
You prepare a feast for me
right in front of my enemies.
You pour oil on my head.
My cup runs over.
I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life.
And I will live in the house of the Lord
forever. Psalm 23 NIRV
God has given us this prayer because He wants us to pray it, so He can fulfill it in our lives. Lord I fall at Your feet in thanksgiving.
Bouncing water like bouncing prayers
Sometimes my prayers feel like this whitewater––my mind bouncing from one thing to another. Very small prayers that don’t go very high. Fortunately, prayer is not about my ability, but upon God’s.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Dancing in the water
This scene only came to my attention when I stopped…and sat…and waited. Initially I was bored and saw nothing. Finally, I asked God to open my eyes and allow me to see. Slowly I began to sense the deeper rhythms of the stream. I heard the churning of the water against the rocks, then the call of birds overhead, followed by a chattering squirrel upset by my presence. Breathing in I noticed the fragrance of cedar boughs, and finally became entranced by the branches playing in the fast moving water perpetually dancing before the Lord. The joy in that moment returns even now, looking upon this scene I give thanks.
Prayer is like that. It is only when I stop and wait that I begin to perceive what God has for me. To read and meditate upon the Bible letting the Holy Spirit slowly direct my thoughts. It becomes wonderful dance of me with my creator. Unfortunately, as the day progresses my mind gets sidetracked, fretting about so many things. I must restart the process again, waiting on the Lord trying to catch His rhythm. Thankfully God never tires of waiting for me.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9
The water is tumbling down
A prayer for when I fall. Note that none of it is me all of it is God.
Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees:
Then I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding…
Direct me in your path…
Turn my heart toward you…
Direct my eyes away from worthless things…
Fulfill your promises to me…
Take away my disgrace…
Preserve my life in your righteousness.
Thank you Lord for all you do for me.
Taken from Psalm 119:33-40