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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.

Being pregnant is one of the most exciting times but it can also be a stressful time. One of the struggles I had at the beginning of my pregnancy was fear. I was afraid of all the possible bad outcomes that could happen. Nine months is a long time to allow ourselves to fret. My husband knew from the start that I had fears and was having a hard time releasing these concerns. He bought me a book Praying Through Your Pregnancy by Jennifer Polimino. This was the best thing that he could have done for me. The book is a week by week journal. You read about what is going on with your baby that week, there is a place to journal and a prayer to say. This was the beginning of my prayer life for my son. What an amazing experience, praying for my unborn baby! God used this book to heal me of my fears. I gave every concern I ever had to Him and truthfully was able to be at peace. My pregnancy was honestly one of the most carefree times of my life. During my pregnancy my prayer life was brought to a new level and it was all because I learned to truly trust God with my fears. I knew that God would watch over me and my son but I had to live like I believed it. I was finally able to tell God what I was feeling, say “amen” and not pick my burden back up again. Because I learned this early on in my pregnancy it has been something that has carried over into other areas of my life even now after my son is here.  Starting to pray for my son before he was born has carried into continuing to pray for him daily now that he is here. I believe because my prayer life was transformed my prayers have been transformed. I know that I can give any and everything to God. I am not perfect, I still struggle with trying to carry my own burden. However, I know what it is like to pray and truly give it all to God. I know the peace that is given so I strive in every prayer and every burden I have to truly give it to Him. Your experience may be different, you may not be pregnant right now. No matter the case we all need to give everything to God in prayer. It is not easy to completely release our burdens but it is totally worth it. Sit down and pray today, release your burden to Him and see how amazing it is to no longer carry it on your own.

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

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NIV)