We talked about prayer last week and began with the idea that prayer is a struggle for many of us. There are so many times in my life when I wish I would have prayed first! There have been so many decisions that I have made before I too time to pray. I wonder sometimes how many of the things in my life that led to difficult times could've been avoided if I would have stopped and prayed and waited to hear from God?
A couple of months back, someone handed my husband a copy of the movie War Room. He wasn't that interested in it but he handed it to me knowing that it was the kind of thing I’d like to sit and watch and reflect on. He was absolutely right. If you don't know the premise of the story it's about a young real estate agent, play by Priscilla Shire, who is helping an older woman to sell her home. This older lady is a prayer warrior has spent her entire life on her knees praying for those that she loves. The movie shows the woman's life and how it has been spent praying Scripture and praying truth through every and any circumstance that she faced. She has lifted up her children, her husband, her family, her church, her work, every aspect of her life to the power of the Holy Spirit and the will of her Heavenly Father.
After I watched the movie, I wonder to myself what would my life look like if I were to do that? What would my life look like if I were to spend every morning on my knees praying for my children? What would my husband's ministry look like, if I were to be a warrior for him in prayer? What would my own business look like if I were to spend even 15 minutes before I begin working praying over my business praying for my clients? While prayer may be a struggle for me, I am convinced that it is part of Gods plan for the power of the Holy Spirit that He has promised will work in each of us as we submit to Him.
If nothing else, the War Room movie opened my eyes to the possibility that I was missing out on something by not having an effective prayer life. It showed me that my spirit was missing that element of abiding in Christ through prayer. My desire now is to have a fervent, effective prayer life so that my heart can be aligned with the plans and purposes of my Father. I also want the lives of those He has put in my life to be covered by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, by His amazing power working in their hearts, by His love living in and through them as they go out into the world each day and do what He has asked them to do. I can be a part of this through prayer!
How about you? Have you ever consider the possibility that through struggling with prayer, your life is missing something? Maybe the enemy has deceived you into thinking that it's not that big of a deal, or perhaps you think you’re too busy. Prayer is our life mine. Prayer is the thing that pulls our will, our heart, our spirit towards the heart of our Heavenly Father as He shows us how to walk and live and love each day.
Don't believe the lie that prayer can just be an afterthought. Don't believe the lie that you only a “quiet time” is sufficient without prayer. Don't believe the lie that you can survive just as well without prayer as you would be able to with it.
What will you do this week to change your mindset on prayer? I challenge you, if you haven't seen it yet, to watch the movie War Room and allow God to speak to your heart through the story and to see whether He would have you change something in your own prayer life to step into a more effective walk with Him!