Praying WITH God
Our family moved across the country 2 months ago and let me tell you, if that doesn’t bring you to your knees, nothing will! It wasn’t just the move, it’s the ongoing adjustments, not only for myself, but for our 5 kids who moved with us.
Honestly, in my over 40 years of being a Christian, prayer has probably been my biggest struggle. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it may be that prayer cannot be entirely contained or explained. In other words, I can’t go through a checklist to be sure that I’ve covered all the bases. Believe me, I’ve tried. I’m a checklist kind of gal, but prayer rarely seems to work that way because it’s not supposed. Anytime we become too rules oriented, it inevitably costs relationship and that is the very thing that God wants to have with us…through prayer.
A few months ago, I listened to yet another sermon on prayer and suddenly the pieces began to come together. The pastor was encouraging us to pray the scriptures. This was not a new concept to me, but the reasoning behind it was. He said that when we pray the scriptures we are literally praying the very words of God and so we are literally praying in AGREEMENT with God. Because the scriptures are God breathed, they have life in them and when we pray them, we are praying WITH Him and He with us.
It was simple, yet profound.
There are other ways to pray, of course, but this one really stuck with me because I have this need to KNOW that I’m not praying something that God doesn’t want. Praying the scriptures really focuses on the heart of whatever issue I am praying for. It helps me filter and refocus on what God is focused on.
In reality, it changes MY heart.
I believe wholeheartedly that God is sovereign, but I also believe that we play a valuable role in His unfolding plan. One of the most effective ways is through prayer. He truly is OUR advocate. The word advocate means fighter, supporter, crusader, upholder and champion. Take a minute to soak in that truth! He’s on YOUR side, He wants what is best for you, your husband and your children and you have the opportunity to make a difference through prayer…praying WITH the very One who is your advocate.
For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. I Timothy2:5
I’m spending more time than ever praying over the hearts of my children. Most of them are teens and in their 20’s. They are making good choices, but life is messy and they struggle just like me. I know that the Enemy would love to derail them and render them ineffective to the work which God has called them. I believe one of the most important things I will ever do as a wife and mom is to intercede for my husband and children and I can trust that my advocate and theirs will be faithful to finish the work that He has started.