“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
How am I spending intentional time calling out to God daily?
Do I spend time praising Him simply for Who He is when no one is looking?
Am I asking God to meet my soul needs instead of others?
Do I give him access to my deepest pains, struggles and hurts?
How am I making intentional intercession for family and friends?
These questions have been lingering in my head for a while now. Days seem to be going by faster as I get older. This means more ground is being lost if I am not being intentional in the inner room, daily seeking God.
As a mom to two toddler boys, I desperately need His wisdom, strength and patience to parent well. If I don’t seek God daily, I will rely on my own strength, be quick to anger when my boys don’t listen, and try to love them out of fumes I’m personally running on.
I don’t want to be a mom just making it by, day by day, and I know you don’t either. I want God’s supernatural power to fill me.
Some excuses we give God for not having a personal prayer life may be:
- I don’t know where to start or what to say.
- I don’t have time.
- I have way too many sins for Him to hear me.
The hard reality that I have faced is we don’t see God rightly if those are our answers. He desires an intimate relationship with each one of us. All throughout the Bible, God desires to listen and hear the cries of His people. I picture in my mind a loving Father waiting to talk to His child. Priscilla Shirer explains personal prayer beautifully in her book, Fervent:
There’s an undeniable, unknowable, invisible mystery to prayer. That’s why our first reaction to it often leans toward dismissing it, downplaying it, devaluing its critical importance. Prayer, we think, is a good idea in theory, if only it actually did anything or made a difference. Despite what we may or may not understand about prayer, God has deliberately chosen this particular vehicle as the one that drives his activity in people’s lives. It’s what He allows us to use to cooperate and partner with Him in fulfilling His will. He’s created prayer as a primary way of putting us into personal contact with Him and with His eternal realities, any hour of the day or night.
My prayer for this blog post is that we would not scroll down and just find a new inspiring thought for the day but may we actually develop and maintain an active/devoted prayer life. Why? We, as daughters of the Most High, have ground to take that the enemy desires to take away. He wants to take the life that Jesus desires for us to live to the fullest!
“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
A wise man in our church body led a prayer time one Tuesday morning on the introduction to spiritual warfare. He revealed two truths:
- God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
- Satan hates you and is determined to destroy your life.
Ok, lets take a deep breath. The pressure is off on what our current prayer life looks like. We will never be obedient enough, have the right eloquent words or know God’s Word entirely to call upon the name of the Holy One. It’s only by the blood of Jesus that we get to cry out to Him for help. HE can equip us for spiritual warfare. Does it take personal discipline? YES! But our personal intimacy with God is worth far more than we could ever imagine!
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22
Recently, I went to a conference where Beth Moore talked about the theology of secrecy. She discussed the importance of meeting with God in the inner room and profoundly stated: “what takes place in the secret will manifest.” That was huge for me to hear!
There is an overflow waiting to happen from my personal prayer meetings with God.
So how am I intentionally putting this into practice daily? There are many different methods to use. After trying different ones, I personally have found having a stack of index cards with different scriptures on each one has helped fuel my prayer life. I’ll end this post with a few that may help get someone else get started. Let’s seek God in the inner room daily. He’ll meet us there!
–A passion for prayer: Lord, teach me to pray.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. –James 5:16
–Scripture Reading: Oh God, open my mind to Your Word.
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. –Luke 24:45
-For God to be worshiped: Lord, your lovingkindness indeed never ceases, for Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. –Lam. 3:22-23
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. -Ps. 63:3
–For my family: May we guard the deposit entrusted to us. Help us to fulfill our ministry. May we hold on to the pattern of sound teaching, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, the good thing entrusted to us. -2 Timothy 1:12
God I pray the whole armor over myself and family today—the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit (God’s Word), so that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. –Ephesians 6
–For God to reveal the sin in my life: Holy Spirit, show me.
Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. –Ps 139:23-24
-To claim His protection and strength over temptation and sin:
Protect and fan into flame my purity, Oh God. May I walk by the Spirit and not carry out the desires of the flesh. -Gal 5:6
For God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind. -2 Tim 1:7
–For my husband: May the God of peace himself make him entirely pure and devoted to God; and may his spirit, soul and body be kept strong and blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back again. -1 Thes 5:23
I also pray that our marriage would represent Christ and the Church well, for protection over our intimacy and that I would be a wife who does my husband good, and not harm, all the days of my life. –Prov. 31:11-12
–For my children: In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge. -Proverbs 14:26
I also pray for their salvation, love for the Word of God, to remain pure until marriage, healthy friendships and confidence in their relationships with Christ
–For our church: May God consider us worthy of His calling and will, by His power, to fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith, so the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by us. -2 Thes. 1:11-12
Lord, may the gospel fall onto good soil, grow and yield a hundredfold. -Luke 8:8
May our leaders be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. -Col 1:9-10
–To share the gospel effectively and be a disciple maker: God, give me your heart for the lost and help me to disciple according to your Word.
“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things.” –Romans 10:15