Prayer Life

IMG_0544.PNGMy prayer life is becoming the most important part of my life.  It’s a direct line of contact between myself and the creator of the universe.  He loves me.  I cannot do anything worthwhile without God and I can do anything with God.  No weapons formed against me shall prosper and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  This post speaks to the importance of my prayer life.

The more I pray, the more I get used to it.  The more easy it becomes.  Prayer for me used to be something that I did, every once in a while.  Or when I was in deep trouble.  Or when I wanted something.  Now as a leader and mentor to many, prayer has become part of my routine throughout the day.  I want to make sure the words flowing through me are His words.  If they aren’t, I’m not going to be as influential as I’d like.

There are times when I feel anxious or indecisive about things.  When I find myself trying to figure out all the angles or manipulate an outcome, I realize I am not leaning on God.  I can recognize that today, as it is very apparent.  As soon as I begin to pray, immediately I feel a sense of relief.  This relief is based on my past experiences with prayer.  It’s like my heart, mind and soul go from panic to relaxation.  I take a deep breath and believe with all my heart that God will handle the outcome.  Of course, I need to take the next step forward.

I often say that God will help you move mountains, but you need to bring a shovel.  I forget where I heard that, but it is true.  Faith without woks is dead.

The other cool thing about prayer is that is has become a time of thanksgiving and worship.  I pray sometimes when there is nothing wrong.  I love God and he has brought me a long way.  I thank Him for my life on a daily basis and show gratitude through my actions.  Just loving my wife and kids and showing up is HUGE for me.  There was a time when I barely showed up for myself, let alone others…

I pray with my girls every night.  When they were younger I used to always pray that same old, “Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep…”  A couple years ago, as they grew older, I switched it up so that they have an opportunity to pray for whatever they wanted.  There requests and thoughts were cute, but then something happened.  I began to get away from the “canned prayer” and moved into an intentional prayer about current events going on in our family.  As they listened, they started mimicking those types of prayers.  Now, if I forget to go in their room at night, they come and get me…

I need to get better at praying with my wife.  There was a time when we were very intentional about it, then it became a chore.  We would literally be falling asleep while praying.  Then we just stopped.  We do it in spurts together, but not enough.  I know she prays a lot by herself, as I do, but where two are gathered, God is there also.  Certainly will not hurt to invite God into our thought life together once a day.

To sum it up, prayer is important and very real.  If you don’t believe it, try it.  I did a prayer challenge that started here.  Check it out and let me know if your life has been impacted by daily, purposeful prayer.