“Never stop praying, especially for others” Ephesians 6:18a (CEV)

In order to build strong homes in 2010, we need to start with a foundation made out of spiritual bricks (biblical principles). 

Giving Jesus leadership in our lives and homes is the cornerstone brick. 

The next vital brick is – PRAYER.  

What is Prayer?

Simply, prayer is talking with God.  It is not a one way conversation where we simply list off all our desires, like a child sitting on Santa‘s knee, expecting him to grant them all.  It is a conversation.  God speaks, we listen, we speak and God listens to our hearts.

Prayer can be exciting, powerful and fulfilling.  However, upon our salvation we were not zapped with a lightning bolt from heaven, giving us an instantaneous desire to be in the Word and to pray.  Prayer is a discipline that must be learned by doing!

 We can be motivated with the desire to pray but do we actually pray?

What was Nehemiah’s first response, upon hearing about the poor condition of Jerusalem’s walls?  He turned to God.  Over and over again, throughout his life we see that prayer was always Nehemiah’s first action… and reaction.   Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem on a foundation of prayer.

How should we pray?

1)  Always.

In the middle of stressful moments, Nehemiah prayed quick, short prayers (Neh 2:4, 4:4-5, 4:9, 6:9, 13:14, 22, 29, 31).  However, those “SOS” prayers did not make up his entire prayer life.  Nehemiah also practised praying and fasting for lengthy periods of time. (Neh 1:5 -11, 9:6-37).   

We need a quiet place to go each day to spend time with God and pray.    It is a place where we can go and get away from the noise of life and meet with God. 

Yet, we also can pray as we drive (with eyes open!) the kids to school each morning, while we are standing in a checkout line, walking the dog, or working away at the office.  The wonderful thing about prayer is that it can be practised anywhere!  We just have to choose to do it!

 2)  With the right focus.

If the only reason I am going to God is to get my spouse and my kids to conform to “MY” will, then I have the wrong focus.

The purpose of prayer is to seek God’s will!  In all things!   At all times!

3)  Be specific.

Most of us pray, but we are not specific in our requests.  “God be with my kids today” is certainly prayer, but how much more effective would our prayer be if we prayed for the specific needs of our household, children, and family members? (John 14:12-14)

I have individual prayer lists for my husband, son and daughter.  In regard to my children, each list is geared toward a specific child, with only a few prayer items the same as on their sibling’s list.  I need to know my child’s individual needs if I am going to be a proper prayer warrior on their part.  Of course, the list changes as prayers are answered and other needs come up.

4)  Believing, prayer brings power.

When we pray for our parents, husbands, siblings, kids, and churches, it isn’t so that our power will be unleashed.

Prayer unleashes the very presence and power of God in you, your home, your marriage, your spouse and your kids!   When we bow before Him, recognizing that we can do nothing without Him, His power begins to work through our powerlessness!   

Nehemiah recognized that God is always in control, even amid those tipsy turvey, hair-pulling moments of life.  He confidently rested in the power of prayer and he used it!  Remarkably, in fifty-two days Nehemiah rebuilt walls that had lain in ruin for over a hundred years, all because he believed in, and practised the power of prayer! (Neh 6:15)

 God’s power transforms the impossible into the possible!

5) With persistence.

The hardest thing about prayer is that we can’t always see with our physical eyes, that it is working.  We pray and pray to God but things do not change.   Weary in praying, we give up.

However, God’s Word is clear; His power is working even when we can’t see it!  (James 5:16)

Therefore, God urges us to never give up!  (Matt 7:7-8) 

This verse, in the original Greek language, actually says, “Seek and keep on seeking…Knock and keep on knocking.”

WHY?

Persistent prayer brings change. It does not change God, but it does change us.  

It purifies our motives. 

It changes our mood, tudes (attitudes) and helps us see things from a heavenly perspective.

It makes our will conform to His will and way.  

It expresses, and reminds, about our total daily dependence on God.

Thus, it is vital that we not only pray but that we also persevere with our prayers. We must practise the P.U.S.H method!

Pray Until Something Happens!

We may not get the answer we want immediately, but we must keep asking and keep believing.  God will answer in His time!

Prayer IS  fighting the battle!

The enemy doesn’t want you to pray.  He has a plan to kill and destroy you, your home, and your family.  The only weapon that causes him and his demons to tremble is prayer.   He also knows that if we use verses from scripture in our prayers, claiming them for our homes, then our weapon against him becomes invincible! 

 So, who do you think discourages you from praying when the answers do not come?

 Who do you think keeps you busy so that you have little time to pray?

Prayer needs to become as important to us as breathing if we are going to win the battle for our families.  We need to make it a priority in our lives – not just popcorn prayers, but set aside times of prayer as well.  

We can change a life, a home, a school…if we obey and pray!

 “Prayer does not equip us for greater work.  Prayer is the greater work!” Oswald Chambers

 

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Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Realizing that most of us desire to be prayer warriors for those around us, I would like to share a few practical tips I have learned over the years. For those who are mothers of young children, I know from experience that finding a quiet place and time to pray each day is a challenge.

    May I share one of my secret places during those years?

    Warning! Some may think this is TMI! (Too Much Information)

    The bathroom!

    I kept my Bible, a devotional, and my prayer journal in the washroom. It became my sanctuary for a few brief minutes each day! Today, I still keep a devotional and a brief prayer list in a basket in my bathroom.

    Also, a book called, “The Power of a Praying Parent,” by Stormie Omartian, was given to me at my daughter’s baby shower. Twelve years later, I am still using it! In this book, Stormie gives thirty (one for each day of the month) things to pray for in regards to children. She also has a book called, “The Power of a Praying Wife.” These are 2 faves on my bookshelf and get used often!

    May I also humbly offer some practical suggestions in helping you get in the Word?

    I have found them to be powerful in my own life. First, try setting aside 10 minutes a day for 2 days a week. Intentionally pick those days and then do not let anything take you away from those times. Do that for a month and then try going to three days a week. Keep gradually adding days OR adding more time to your two days.

    I also keep a Bible verse (written on a note card) on my window sill in my kitchen. When I am in there preparing meals, I meditate on that verse. I also leave a verse on my bathroom mirror (Did I not already say my bathroom was a sanctuary?? LOL!) and an open Bible on my dryer. I can flip through and read a verse or two while I am washing or folding clothes. Keeping a Bible or devotional in your car, or having the Bible on CD are other practical ways to infuse your day with God moments.

    Precious Ones, we need to find, carve out, and be creative with our God & me moments if we are ever going to be able to stand firm in the battle. God will meet with you anywhere! All He needs is for you to be willing to meet Him!

    Please, feel free to add the creative ways you have come up with as well!

    Stephanie Robbins

  2. Ginger says:

    Thanks for the tips on prayer. I know that I need to dive deeper Steph and spend those few moments each day. I’ve done so in the past and it is so enriching. I can be a huge time waster and then realize that I have a lot of things to do. I am praying to manage my time a little better than I have been. I don’t watch television but I’m on the computer too much!

    I have the Bible on CD in my car and it has been a wonderful way for me to listen to God’s word. My commute to work is a blessing! I talk to God a lot throughout the day. I sometimes find it hard to pray for my son only because I have a sense of anguish. Words are so inadequate. I want all kinds of good things for him. He is such a gift.

    Thank you for your tips. I am going to put some verses in the kitchen…. and the bathroom! LOL

    Great ideas.

    Ginger

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  4. Amy says:

    Thanks for the tips on prayer. I know that I need to dive deeper Steph and spend those few moments each day. I’ve done so in the past and it is so enriching. I can be a huge time waster and then realize that I have a lot of things to do. I am praying to manage my time a little better than I have been. I don’t watch television but I’m on the computer too much!

    I have the Bible on CD in my car and it has been a wonderful way for me to listen to God’s word. My commute to work is a blessing! I talk to God a lot throughout the day. I sometimes find it hard to pray for my son only because I have a sense of anguish. Words are so inadequate. I want all kinds of good things for him. He is such a gift.

    Thank you for your tips. I am going to put some verses in the kitchen…. and the bathroom! LOL

    Great ideas.

    Ginger

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    Nnever stop praying, especially for others

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