Prayer: Day 18
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)
“We are always wrestling in prayer for you.” Colossians 4:12 (NIV)
Can you relate to these dilemmas?
People need prayer, but you can’t find the words. Sleep arrives just after the “Our Father” part. Prayer feels like a wishlist, not a love letter. A chore, rather than a joy.
I don’t know your story, but for me, prayer was exactly as Paul describes it, “a wrestle.”
And it’s no wonder. As Scripture states, we are up against unseen spiritual powers that seek to wreck our communion with God.
So what is the key to a vibrant prayer life?
You might explore how God has uniquely wired you to be fully present to Him by discovering your personal prayer language. It’s been the most effective tool in my armor. For years I thought a proper quiet time should look one way: on my knees in a quiet room.
It can look like that, but there are other ways.
Growing up I was most content with a paintbrush in my hand. I didn’t know then that God had created me to use this love of painting to deepen my prayer life. Now with each stroke of the brush, my heart becomes quiet and I’m able to pray longer. It’s moved me out of drought and discouragement into depth and delight! It’s helped me stay present to Jesus HOW He has made me.
What makes your soul come alive? Singing? Outdoors? Cooking? Sewing? Take time to figure this out. It will be different for each person, but, Mom, it’s worth it! It could be the key to lingering longer in His presence.
Lord, we long to deepen our prayer life. Help us call to mind the unique gifts You’ve placed into our hearts to know You better and experience Your presence anywhere and anytime. Prayer is a pathway to you and we thank you for this powerful tool. Amen.
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