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June 9, 2011 — Leave a comment

“but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” Psalm 66:19 (NIV) 

“Grow flowers of gratitude in the soil of prayer.” Terri Guillemets

We all have a million things on our plates and that seems to never change. Our prayer lives are constantly filled with new requests. A prayer gets answered and then something else pops up to add to our list. Thankfully our God loves to hear from us and wants us to give him our concerns. He actually wants to hear me ramble on about what is on my mind. Amazing! I can be rather long-winded sometimes, if there is something that is really bugging me I can talk about it for a while and the wonderful thing is, He will listen to every word! I am still trying my best not to make my prayer time a constant list. I want my time with God to be more than the list, I am striving to make my time with Him filled with praise and worship to Him as well. It is definitely something that I am having to be conscious of when praying because it is very easy to get on auto pilot and go back to what I was used to doing and have always done. It really is an amazing change now that I have started to do this though. When I spend my time praising Him after sharing my concerns with Him I have found that to be truly peaceful, the concerns I just shared with Him are not on my mind anymore. It’s awesome how He does that! Please feel free to share your prayer requests with me, there are many things that are on my prayer list but I thought that I would share a few with you:

Both my dad and brother-in-law are in need of jobs.

My husbands grandma had a fall and is now trying to take it easy and reduce stress.

My sister-in-law will be induced a week from today and we are all ready to meet that sweet little boy!

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

“Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” Psalm 66:20 (NIV)

Do you ever feel like your prayers are being unanswered? I know that I have felt that way many times. Last night while sorting the laundry I was talking to God about this among other things. Then it hit me, what is my prayer life? When I thought about that more I realized that currently it looks a little something like this… my list of prayer requests, a few “thank you” prayers
and then the rest of the time is either back to requests unanswered or me complaining and getting frustrated that they are unanswered. I know I can not be the only one who has had a prayer life like this at some point?

Well last night when I realized that this is what my time spent with God has looked like lately things came together. No wonder I haven’t felt like my prayers were being answered… all I am doing is listing off a “to do” list followed by complaining and only a few words of thanks. This is not supposed to be how prayer lives are. I mean in all honesty would any of us moms feel appreciated, loved and valued if our children treated us like this? We are His children and for some reason I have allowed myself to treat my time with Him exactly how I would not want to be treated.

So last night I made a decision. Yes it is okay to give God your prayer requests, and yes give thanks for answered prayers. But, instead of complaining, I am going to spend my time believing that He will answer my prayers and spend the rest of my prayer time in thanksgiving and worship, truly being in awe of who He is. Who knows, maybe God was just waiting for me to realize that I was being selfish in my time with Him, maybe all He wanted was for me to worship Him and thank Him.

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 (NIV)

Daily prayer for our children is one of the best things that we can do as mothers. We can teach them and prepare them for their futures, but prayer will be the most impacting of all. I started praying for my son while I was pregnant. You can’t start to early. I believe we should be praying for all aspects of our children’s lives. What kind of sibling they will be, the kind of heart they will have, their skills and passions in life, their friends they will make, even their future spouses (yes this one is hard to think about when they are in the womb, but don’t you want a family that all loves each other and gets along with everyone that marries into your family? I first heard about praying for future spouses in the book Praying Through Your Pregnancy). If you take to God all these things then what a foundation you are building for your child. I love this verse in Matthew because the key is not just to pray and that’s it. No, the key to it all is believing, faith. If we ask for something yet do not believe that He can do it why would He? We must believe. Now the last verse, Psalm 90:17 I picked as a prayer for my son. Praying Scripture over our children is so important. This verse to me is important because I am asking His favor on my son but also favor and guidance for what he will do with his life, his work. There are many more verses I have used in praying for my son, this was just one I wanted to share today.  The power of this world is so strong, there is only so much we as moms can do. But, the power of prayer is much stronger! What will your prayers for your children be?

“Hear my cry for help,my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:2-3 (NIV)

“But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God,who has not rejected my prayer or with held his love from me!” Psalm 66:19-20 (NIV)

Have you ever prayed for something over and over again and felt like you were not being heard? I know that I have felt that way more than once. But, the good news is that we have been heard! God listens to our prayers, even if they seem like words we have repeated over and over. Whenever we pray and give our concerns to God, He will hear every word. He waits for us to give things to Him. It is our part to give it all to Him and then to wait, just like the verse says, expectantly. He will not always give an answer right away, and if you find yourself getting impatient like many of us, it is hard. The way the world is now, phone in hand where we can access all our answers it is so common to want an answer right away. Society may work this way, but God does not. When we pray and give it all to Him we can not expect Him to work according to our time and our plan. When we pray and truly give it all to Him then we need to accept His timing. The answers He gives us may not always be what we want to hear, however He will never leave a prayer unanswered. He hears every word you say to Him and He will answer your prayer, just give Him time! Never stop praying!

Lately I have been battling with anxiety. I have a pinched nerve in my neck and when I was talking to my doctor he believes that the anxiety is related to the pinched nerve because my body just feels like something isn’t right. I have found myself with shortness of breath, heart racing, jittery and just an over all feeling of heaviness. I absolutely HATE feeling this way! I know that what I am feeling is not of God. As a Christian I have the ability to live in peace, yet I have found myself filled with anxiety. Last week at church the sermon was about being an overcomer. We will overcome anything with God! There is no need for me to fight this battle alone. To be honest though it is difficult to pray about your problem and not continue stressing about it. However, this past week as I have felt the anxiety come on me I have stopped and began praying. Let me just say that it is amazing what our God can do! As soon as I begin to pray, instantly I feel the heart racing, heaviness, jittery and shortness of breath lift off me and a wave of peace and comfort take over! How truly amazing our God is! With Him I will overcome this battle, what will you overcome?

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)

“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.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)