It’s been about a year since I started a series for the Christian blogging community to pray for each other. Community Prayer.
Talking to God hasn’t been hard for me, but giving Him fears, things I struggle with, things that were out of my hand, let alone the requests of others, I needed to dedicate more time to.
I started the series because I wanted to work on prayer requesting and giving more things up to God. I wanted to encourage unity among believers and those seeking Christ. Towards the end of the year, I started another series on prayer titled “Are You Praying.”
But I was not always consistent with my own.
I didn’t pray every single day.
Truthfully, I was a little overwhelmed with everything I wanted to pray for. I didn’t want prayer to become repetition. I didn’t want prayer to become…I hate to say it, but I’ll be honest, boring.
For a while, I would break up the days. I would focus on specific prayers on certain days to make sure I would go through everything by the end of the week. This worked, but then I had everything else I needed to bring to the Lord on my side of life, circumstances, family members, friends, pastors, etc.
I’ve been going over the book “Before Amen,” by Max Lucado with a sweet friend of mine. I’ve been rebuked time and time again, it is not about the “words”. It is not about length. It is not about how “pretty” a prayer sounds. It is not about how many requests are made or for how many people.
Christ tells us simply, “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him!” Matthew 6:07-08
Christ then leads into how we should pray.
God was kind enough to guide me through the Lord’s prayer in two different posts a while ago and showed me how the prayer applies to everything. (And now I am rebuked by the posts through the kindness of God.)
I feel like there are so many lessons He has given me. There are some I need to remember over and over again because they slip through my fingertips easily.
I make things over complicated. I make them too symbolic. I make them deeper than they need to be. A burden. The core of sin is self, and the best way a Christian can fall into self is being blind to our sense of control.
I believe I was trying to control prayer, mainly, the specifics of how I prayed.
I encourage others who struggle with praying to understand it is not complicated because it isn’t. But I was making my prayer list complicated. I was making rules for myself that God was not forcing me to follow.
I felt I had to give God every single individual request, and that felt a little overwhelming to do every single day because of repetitiveness. Not because I didn’t want to pray for people because I do ❤ but I never want my prayer sessions with the Lord to only be focused on requests. It’s so much more than requesting even when it comes to others.
Prayer is really about God.
It’s time spent with Him. Time to grow. To listen. With worship, meditation, and scripture.
I was letting something I GOT to do become a burden because I felt like I HAD to do it in a particular way… my way.
Prayer is essential. Lifting up the body of Christ is essential, don’t get me wrong. But the way I was going about it, that was wrong.
One day God plainly revealed to me if I sincerely prayed for the requests of the community, He would know each and every one. If I am praying with an earnest spirit for Him to move in every individual’s life, not simply saying this prayer as a whole to “mark it off my list” for the night, He would listen.
I don’t always have to list specific requests every single day for God to know who and what needs healing and guidance.
I absolutely encourage praying for and with specifics. But when it comes to lifting everything up to Him, He continues to reveal ways I can pray for more than one person. It has encouraged my heart to work on praying without ceasing. Which then helps me pray more with specific and for individual requests.
Prayer really doesn’t have to be complicated.
I’ve learned so much this past year, and a lot of it wasn’t about things I was striving in, rather, exceedingly weak in, to the point He had to rebuke me to see clearly.
I don’t want to be afraid of His correction because for God to correct us really shows He loves us and He wants us to grow in Him. I also have to be willing to not be focused on the places I have grown, lest they become an idol.
(NIV) Revelation 3:19, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”
I hope where He has led me on prayer is encouraging to you ❤
Have you ever struggled with prayer?
Monthly Scripture- (NLT) 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
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