Can I be honest with you? I only have a tiny little platform in this loud, loud world. This intimate place to pour out words that probably only a handful of people read consistently. (Most of which are my family members! Ha!)
But, with the new year starting, I feel an urgency to give this little space more of my attention–and heart. Because, even now as I write, I see your faces. The face of the woman that smiles at me when I drop my daughter off at daycare, the face of that Facebook friend who consistently drops me notes of encouragement, the face of my new mom friend who is so tired, but is glowing radiantly in the miracle of new life and motherhood. The faces of my girlfriends who challenge me to love God’s Word more, walk out my faith in Christ more boldly, and give more generously. I love you all so much.
And, I also know when no one is looking, you have your struggles. I do too. This world can be overwhelming, exhausting, and scary.
“How do I keep this marriage together- much less thriving? How do I raise this child in such a dark and violent world? Will I ever find a mate? I’m drowning in chores and laundry and the demands of my family- how do I keep up? All of my kids are grown- where is my purpose? I hate my body, I can’t beat this addiction, I constantly compare myself to others. Where is my passion and zeal for life and Jesus?”
So, I’ve been thinking. If there is ONE thing I could use this platform to produce, one thing I could offer you, one small gift I could bestow on this blog in 2015–it would be this:
A GREATER PASSION FOR PRAYER.
I believe—no matter your problem or prominence, prayer is THE answer. It’s the resurrection to your death. It’s the fire to your burn out. It’s the calm to your storm. It’s the hope to your despair. It’s the strength to your anemia. It’s the ocean to your thirst.
“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'” (J. Hudson Taylor)
I compel you—not as an expert or even a teacher—but a fellow student who has over the last few years been placed in a remedial class when it comes to this topic. Simply put, God’s been teaching me so much in this area of discipleship, because I’ve failed so miserably in the past. I’m guilty of complacency, neglect, and doubt. This series is more for me than you but I’m simply extending an invitation to JOIN with me in community and accountability as I grow and learn. Whether you are a seminary graduate or still new to a relationship with God, there will be something for you here.
In this blog series you can expect:
- Biblical lessons on the basics of prayer and practical applications on how to implement more prayer into your daily life.
- Ideas on how to overcome roadblocks to prayer
- A Monday prayer prompt (a short prayer idea to spark your conversation with God throughout the week)
- Resource suggestions (helpful books, blogs, ect. that I find along the way)
- Spotlights on prayer warriors throughout history.
- And few other surprises!
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Can you imagine how our realities, our hearts, our homes, our cities, our nations could change in 2015 if a committed group of women truly tapped into the endless power of prayer? Let’s turn those beautiful faces towards our wonderful God in POWERFUL PRAYER this year.
I’m looking forward to praying with you and for you!
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3