Intimate Prayer

Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children.

Lamentations 2:19

I was at a funeral this weekend and the beautiful elderly lady who has now left this earthly home will undeniably be remembered as a godly woman. One thing the family would surely cherish will be her Bible. Written in, worn out, and brittle, that Bible will be set in a special place and will be gently read through again and again by those who loved her. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will continue to find comfort and encouragement because of her example of dedication and the desire she had to know Christ more intimately.

I am blessed that I not only have a grandmother who was a fervent prayer warrior, but my children do as well. My grandmother’s Bible is cherished by the family and read through more often than I will ever know. My mother’s Bible will be held near and dear when the good Lord takes her to be in her heavenly home {hopefully no time soon}. And I pray that my children can say the same about their mother and will treasure my Bible one day.

There is not a time growing up that I do not remember my mom praying over her children. We grew up learning to say our prayers at every meal, at bedtime, in times of trouble or when we didn’t know what to do. We were prayed over before leaving for school each day – and no matter what age I was, what ‘snotty’ teenager attitude I had, I knew her prayers were covering me. She prayed for our protection, guidance, a sound mind and understanding, …… She has notebooks upon notebooks of deep prayers she has cried out and verses she has sought when she was afraid and worried. My mom has been an example of the effectiveness and power of prayer and I am so thankful to have this solid foundation that has encouraged me to do the same.

The verse I mentioned in Lamentations is a call to be an active and fervent (passionate) prayer, reaching out for God’s help. It is to cry out in affectionate prayer, releasing those specific heavy burdens to God, who lifts the heaviness and provides peace, power, wisdom and protection. When we don’t turn to Him in prayer, we are inviting in His presence and and acknowledging His power being greater than our own control.

I want that peace. I desire to have that willingness to ‘let go and let God’. I crave the intimacy with Him. I long to be the example to my children as my mom is to me.

But how? It is not as easy as it sounds.

{I am serious when I say, My mother deserves a huge ‘thank you’ for the effort it takes to become a fervent woman of prayer.}

Because of my desire to be more intimate in my prayers, I am going to list what I have found that will help me and maybe it will help you too.

  1. Make the time. This is my biggest weakness. I pray all day long but are they powerful? Well thought out? Specific? If I want to release the power to Him, see growth in my relationship with Him, and/or make a difference in my children’s daily life – I have to become serious and put forth the effort. I need to get up earlier, make prayer lists, write them out, show devotion and praise Him.
  2. I have to recognize His majesty. When I come to Him through prayer, it needs to be with a pure motive, and humbly acknowledge Him as God, recognizing that He can do all things.
  3. I must have faith. I have to believe in what I pray for. I have to earnestly seek Him and His desires, trust Him with my concerns, and believe there will be rewards, healing, wisdom
  4. Stay in the Word. Jesus is the greatest model we can follow in regards to what our relationship with God should look like. I need to constantly have the Word at my fingertips for assurance and hope.

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    Jesus talking to the apostles here but the application is still there for us that He is our greatest model and if we believe and go to Him through prayer, we will be able to display our faith leading others to know Him through our example, which is the example of Christ that we follow. And if it is according to His will and for His glory, and not our own, then He will answer our prayers.
  5.  Don’t get caught up in praying perfectly or being perfect. I get this way sometimes… okay, a lot of times. I feel like I am not adequate enough to have deep prayers. I have days where I feel unworthy. I disappoint and fail my family daily. We are human. What does make the difference is the fact that we are praying. Prayer will result in BIG changes and I need to remember this.

I was recently reminded that while God has a perfect plan for our lives and our children’s live – Satan does too. The Bible says that he wants to destroy them using any means possible. He will not be successful if we are armed with scripture and prayer. As Lamentations teaches, pray with fervency; zeal – excessive favor to accomplish some end, passionately for our young ones, and look forward to those prayers being answered.

If you are looking for a good source to help with your prayer life for you marriage or your children, I recommend, The Power of a Praying Mom and The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. Like any book aside from the Bible, I plead that you will turn to scripture for complete understanding and truth. 2 Timothy 3:16.

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  1. I love this because I admit I am flawed with my words, or that’s what it feels like. This is why I started last year praying through scripture sometimes. Take a piece of scripture and keep repeating. Meditation is not just for yoga, and it is a powerful weapon in prayer.

    I am going to add this to the community spotlight.

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