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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!

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” Psalm 61:1 (NIV)

Today I was thinking about my post from yesterday and all the things that we have learned in the past 6 months and how quickly that time goes. We went with Aunt Paige to her doctor’s appointment, she will be having her baby in two weeks! I thought about all the emotions I felt when I was close to delivery and how it all can be overwhelming since it is an experience that you never really can be prepared for until you have done it once. We were talking on the way to her appointment about this and I told her the truth… pregnancy, labor/delivery and Eli have been the one area in my life that I have been able to truly be at peace with and know that God’s hand and protection is always there. I believe that the reason I have been able to stay this way is the amount of time I have spent in constant prayer for my son from the beginning, I was even praying for him before I ever knew I was pregnant. The prayers we say for our children are the strongest, powerful and most loving thing that we can do for them. If you read my blog the other day about my struggles and realizations with anxiety then you know that I am preaching to myself here. If I have not only seen but have experienced the peace that comes from truly giving your pregnancy and child to God then why has it taken me so long to do this in all areas of my life? Trust me I have asked myself that very same question plenty of times. But, I know that if I can give my pregnancy and child to God which are both very big for moms to do; then I can give all areas to Him and experience the very same freedom. I will never stop praying for my son, as he grows the things I pray for will change with his age. But, he will grow up to know that his mom prays for him daily. We don’t need to worry about our children, we need only to pray!

“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.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV) 

As Christians we are not supposed to just go to church and then go home. The church is not truly meant for us. We are to be the church for those who need to hear God’s word. Many of us find our selves in a routine of going to church and coming home and that’s it. How many of us get involved? I know with as busy as our schedules are, it is hard to find time to buy groceries let alone volunteer. But, we are supposed to reach out to those in need. I have made a top 10 list of ways to volunteer either from home, or short time framed opportunities that will work for most moms! It doesn’t matter what we do as long as we get involved and show our kids first hand how fun it is to help! Find what you are passionate about and start there. That way volunteering wont feel like a chore. We must make a difference in our communities, God will bless us for doing what He has asked!

  1. Find an organization you support and see if they need help running their blog
  2. Make phone calls for a non-profit
  3. Help get envelopes ready for mail outs
  4. Be a greeter at your church (you are already there and the kids can join in!)
  5. Take your kids with you to your local food bank and sort food
  6. You and your kids can make cards for local vets and residents of nursing homes (it really brightens their day!)
  7. Volunteer with a hospitality ministry where you cook meals for families who have had a birth or loss in the family (these ministries are also easy to start if your church doesn’t have one, get a bunch of volunteers and you only have to cook a meal once a month or so because you all take turns!)
  8. If you are artistic or creative in any way non profits and smaller ministries would love to use your abilities for websites, flyers and events
  9. Go through your closets and clean them out! There are lots of non profits that will distribute the clothing to those in need
  10. Need a way to start off simple and work into bigger volunteer options? Start by sponsorship. You can sponsor children and families in lots of different organizations to provide things like food, clothing, school supplies, a job and much more!

It doesn’t matter what you do, we just need to get out there and make a difference! If you still don’t know where to start I have listed a few non profits that I really believe in and you just might too! Go and be Jesus to the world!

Give A Goat

Compassion International

Invisible Children

Charity Water

 

 

“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!