One day a couple years ago, it hit me like a brick in the face: I need to pray. Not just prayers before meals or “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.” No, I mean powerful, life-changing praying.
Prayer that can make it not rain for months. Prayer that heals. Prayer that changes lives.
There are two key things I have to mention before I continue: 1) When I say prayer changes lives, I don’t mean it saves people as baptism does. Only baptism can wash away sins. However, prayer pulls us out of ruts, out of difficult spiritual circumstances, and can heal those we love. 2) When we pray, and we see amazing results, let us remember that it’s God performing the wonders, not us. We ask for God’s will to be done.
Before I realized how important prayer was in a Christian girl’s walk with Christ, I had such a hard time focusing. I would start praying in my head, and start thinking about what I’m going to have for breakfast or something I need to do that day. Then I would have to apologize to God for getting distracted, get back to praying, and 15 seconds later repeat the cycle. This isn’t really life-changing, devil-beating prayer.
But I wanted to have a prayer life that could heal myself and those I love, spiritually and physically.
This distracted, disoriented prayer certainly wasn’t going to achieve that.
So what did I do?
I started journaling my prayers. It has literally changed the way I pray. No longer am I distracted, forgetting what I’m praying. Now I have focused, strategic prayers that are much more devil-resistant, because ultimately, that’s what it’s about: fighting off the enemy. When I was praying in my head, the enemy would send distraction after distraction to keep me from praying. He hates when we pray, because he knows how powerful it can be.
Prayer is a topic I could talk and write about for hours. Next week I’m going to share my prayer journaling process. This week, remember:
Prayer is powerful. The enemy hates it. It can change lives.