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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What may come of prayer??


LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heartwho does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friendin whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD
who swears to his own hurt and does not change
who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
Psalms 15 (ESV)

Yesterday, I prayed for my husband.  It’s not that I don’t pray for him (I do, daily), but as of yesterday, I accepted (and shared) my own challenge to make the additional sacrifice of regular daily prayer for 31 days.  This was a vehicle by which I might flex my prayer muscles, since I’m clear that they deserve more regular workouts (does anyone ever pray enough?). I know me, so I had to put it out there, capture some accountability partners, amplify my prayers and my opportunity to be successful.  It’s only been one day, and I have already (re)learned my first lesson…NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER.

I’m using Step in Faith Ministries 31 days of praying for your spouse. I discovered that there are several different 31 day prayer plans around (that’s got to be a good thing).  By the time I put dreads to pillow, God had moved in ways I could clearly see and share all over my life.  I had coffee with TC, a prayer partner since we became instant friends more than 5 years ago.  Come to find out, (Move, God) that someone I needed to network with and reached out to, she’d already been working with, on my behalf.  Talked to my mommy yesterday, and come to find out (Move God) that while she and I were commiserating on the phone, God was solving problems Mom and I had agreed to give to him but hadn’t quite let go of yet (Lord, I thank You that your strength is so much bigger than mine--when I tug, You pull harder, I fall on my knees and You Mount the Throne to pour our Grace)

Yesterday, someone reading my blog committed to praying for her husband.  Not the “Lord, help him ‘cause…” kind of prayer we all utter in frustration, usually when we think we’re right and they’re crazy, but really, praying over him, about him, and that God’s Will might be done in his life, whatever that might be.  Then today, somebody else commented not about specific prayers, but the “ones that we just find on our hearts and minds at a random moment."  All of a sudden, I got excited.  This morning, I reached out to a dozen or so friends on FB and challenged them to pray for their husbands.  One girlfriend responded immediately, adding that she'd shared the challenge with her FB crew, and here is my blessing...I started a prayer flash mob! As I asked them, I'm asking you now, "Can you imagine how much  Grace we might unleash on one another and the world?" What may come of prayer? Who knows?

So now it’s up to you…go pray.  Pray for your husband, or your wife.  Pray even if you don’t have a husband or a wife.  Pray for one you desire.  Pray for someone besides yourself, and watch and share (I’d love to hear) how it’s changed you.  There’s the lesson, I might have started out praying for my husband, but God is doing some work on/with/for/about me.  Just give it away (to God). Go.  Pray.  Now. Then you will see, as I do, that God is good.

3 comments:

  1. I really like your blog. Thank you for stopping by my blog.


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  2. I'm taking up your challenge Chelle! Starting today I will begin to pray for my husband. I would also love to hear how you approach praying like this in a future post.
    Cheers,
    Char

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    1. Char,
      I'm so glad you're taking it on. I've been reminded already that it is the act of praying, as much as that for which you pray. Things are already moving in the lives of my family, far beyond just my husband. Let's stay connect and keep each other encouraged, 'kay?

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