Made for another world

"If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in the world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." C. S. Lewis

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sister to Sister: Prayer

Welcome to Sister to Sister! The opportunity for you to write words of truth and honesty that bring encouragement to other sisters. Feel free to link up a story, a lesson, a quote, a song or a scripture that's meaningful to you. Be creative, be expressive, be real.

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." Ephesians 4:16

Here's how it works:
* Every week I'll share a word I'm focusing on. If you'd like to join me in posting on that topic, wonderful. If not, link up with an encouraging post you'd like to share.

* Link up bellow and spread the love! Visit other sister's posts and let them know what their words mean to you!

*Grab the code for the Sister to Sister link up button from the sidebar to the right, or copy and past the graphic to the left linking this post to it, and invite others to join.

Are you ready? Join me this week in inspiring other women with your thoughts on: 


My thoughts have been bent toward prayer lately. I've been reminded what a gift it is to join with others in prayer. How it's a legacy we can leave for our children, to be prayin' mamas. That God would invite us to speak to him is thrilling; that he would answer, mind boggling!

My church denomination says that "prayer is the primary work of God's people." That's quite a statement. If that's true, and I believe it is, the priorities of my life should look different. My mouth should bend the ear of people less and seek the ear of God more.

I recently joined a friend in praying for children in a compromising, dangerous situation. God led me to pray Psalm 10, specifically verses 17-18, over them. "Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them." 

And you know what? He did! He set those children free, in a way no one could explain! Free from abuse, no longer confined by a confusing legal system, into a Christian home. I watched verses from his Word spring to life before our watching eyes. There is nothing like God acting in goodness, on behalf of his children, in answer to prayer. He was praised and glorified and our faith was strengthened.

Hedging our bets when we pray by praying vague, safe requests stunts our prayer life. Asking our Father to meet specific needs, inviting him into particular circumstances reflects the depth of our trust in him.

Humility goes hand in hand with that kind of praying. Our hearts should expect God's goodness to be his response to his little ones. Does he answer expectedly or unexpectedly, quickly or slowly? Each answer is an opportunity for faith in his goodness.

"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind." James 1:5-6

Let's pray boldly, pray the truth of scripture, and pray in humble expectation!

How about you, are you seeking the hand of God to move, his intimate fellowship to sweep across your heart in prayer?

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