God is doing something in my prayer life, something deep within me.
Have you ever felt that way?
I was at Bible study and we were talking about prayer. We were talking about our personal prayer life.
I was asked to share about my prayer life journey. Now, prayer is an area that I can’t say I am very strong in. I pray each day but it isn’t the “get down on your face before God and seek Him with all your heart” kind of praying. I can excuse that by saying how busy I am or I have little ones to look after, but I am now more inspired to try and get there in my relationship with God.
I was last to share my story. I couldn’t even speak. The ladies who shared before me were farther along in this prayer journey than I am. They knew about prayer and had seen God do miraculous things in their personal prayer life.
I have seen God move. I know he answers prayer and I have even recently seen God immediately meet one of our needs from a prayer I prayed. But, have I prayed for something for so long, been so persistent in prayer, memorizing scripture, getting down on my knees in a desperate prayer to know Him or see Him answer my heart’s cry?
Again, I am inspired to get there.
When I could speak, I shared a story about my grandparents. I have godly grandparents on both sides. I know that each one prays for me everyday. I remember being in Canada, at my meme and pepe’s house (french term for grandma and grandpa), and sitting at the breakfast table for a very long time, waiting patiently as my grandparents prayed for every name in our extremely large family. They prayed for those who aren’t saved, they prayed for sickness, financial struggles, hardships at school… they covered it all, big and small.
As a child, that was hard to sit through. But, it is what I remember about my summer trips to Canada. I know, that even as I sit here now typing my blog on this Saturday morning, my meme and pepe are faithfully praying for me, my family, our ministry, health and well-being. They are interceding for me over their Bibles at breakfast. I am humbled to tears by that.
I am inspired to get there in my prayer life.
This morning, I sat down with my coffee and my Bible. My girls are drinking chocolate milk in their sippys and watching Little Bear while I search God’s word for scriptures about prayer.
I recently heard the song, “If My People Pray” so that scripture was already on my heart.
It is found in 2 Chronicles 7. The chapter starts with a picture of Solomon and the people praying to God. “When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”
That is the picture of a prayer life that I am inspired by today.
The second half of the chapter is where the Lord appears to Solomon and talks to him about the spiritual state of the people and how they should pray.
Humble themselves – we must recognize our failures and mistakes, show true sorrow over sin, recognize our need for God
Pray – desperately call on God, prayer must be sincere and sustained
Seek my face – desperately desire and passionately pursue the presence of God and a greater commitment to Him
Turn from their wicked ways – confess and forsake specific sins, turn from anything that has taken priority over God, depending on God and not the things of this world to meet our needs
It is the second half of the verse that holds the promise. If we choose to do these things then He will hear us when we pray, he will forgive us from the things in our lives that are not pleasing to Him and he will bring healing. It says heal their land – imagine “land” as health, relationships, finances, hurts… God will bring healing to these areas in our lives.
Psalms 34:4 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
2 Chronicles 15:2 says, “If you seek him, he will be found by you”.
I love that because I know that when I seek the Lord, He will be found and He will answer. I blogged a few weeks ago about how He longs for relationship with us. Prayer is part of that relationship.
And, I am inspired to go there in my relationship with Him. I want to pray in a way that shows my dependence on Him and my passionate pursuit of who He is.
Seeking the Lord brings peace. Peace does not necessarily mean absence of conflict. But, when we pray and seek His face like God wants us to, we will experience forgiveness, a clear conscience and a knowing that we are in right relationship with God.
We will be able to stand firm and prevail against sin and the temptation to walk back down a road that leads away from our God who loves us. God’s peace gives us strength to grow stronger in our relationship with Him. We will find healing in His presence when we seek Him with all our hearts. And, I am inspired to get there in my prayer life.
*verse thoughts taken from firebible notes on 2 Chronicles 7 – check out what the notes in your Bible have to say!
How are you inspired to pray? Do you want to grow in your prayer life?