Tuesday, November 13, 2012

{day thirteen} a dialogue with Jesus...

Has someone ever asked you to pray for someone or something?  And you agreed?

Did you actually pray?  I mean, really pray?

Have you ever replied to a Facebook status or Twitter update, 'Praying'?  And then went about your daily business?

Did you actually pray? I mean, really pray?

Or maybe you did and then never gave it a second thought.  Until the next Facebook post or Twitter update or other form of communication.

Guilty.  Guilty.  Guilty.

Sometimes I really can't stand myself. 

But over a year ago, I made a committment to myself and with God.  If I said I was going to pray for someone or something, then I was going to stop in that moment and say a prayer on behalf of that request.  Right then and there.  I would give it my immediate attention. 

{So, for those of you who have asked me to pray or I have told you I would pray about something, rest assured, a heart felt prayer was offered up on your behalf in the exact moment that I responded.}

I wish I could say I had always been so committed.

But today.  On this cold, rainy, dreary day, I am reminded of the plethora of prayer requests on my heart.  Both my own.  And those of people I know.

I am grateful for the faithful prayers of friends and loved ones in my life.  I am encouraged by the prayers that I have felt in the past twenty-four hours. 

And I am grateful for the committment I made over a year ago.  From a knee-bent, head-held-high position, I am humbled by the selfless act of praying for others. 

You may never know the impact your prayers make in the lives of others.  But you can rest assured there is One who hears your heart felt cries.  One who knows the attitude of your heart when you offer up your prayer.  And you can bet that when two or more people are praying for the same thing the Enemy's hold over that situation weakens. 

'Prayer is not asking.
Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition,
and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.'
Mother Teresa

Prayer is simply a conversation with Jesus.  Not a monologue, but a dialogue.  Speak.  And listen.

So today {and everyday} I am without-words grateful for faithful prayer warriors.  And humbled and gracious towards those who trust me with their prayer requests.  I hold your requests near to my heart and forever on my lips.

'Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and
minds as you live in Christ Jesus.'
Philippians 4:6-7

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