It has been six years. Six years since I have been able to talk to her. Six years since I have heard my voice. My grandmother was one of the most phenomenal women I have ever known. If we are blessed with a daughter- I plan to name her after her. In my mind, I can hear her voice – but it is a little more faded then it used to be. I used to call her number just to hear her voicemail – until it was gone. Our minds, because of sin, are not perfect- and we struggle to remember.
There are other things I have forgotten. I have fragments of memories from high school. I remember only large occasions from the childhood. I don’t remember much about the first time I met either of my siblings, or when I even found out my mom was going to have them. I don’t remember my first day of school, or much about my first drip to Disney. My memories are fragmented.
With this in mind, I don’t want to forget. When it comes to my walk with Christ, when it comes to what he has done in my life- I want to remember. I want to remember to pray for people I say I am going to pray for. I want to remember the amazing things God has done. I want to remember.
Writing Down Prayer
With this in mind, I am encouraged by Priscilla Shrier in the book Fervent to write down my prayers. As a youth, it was impressed upon me to be a jouranler. To write sermon notes during church services, to write out my prayers. It is neat to go back and read the things I prayed for as a youth. Relationships, classes, college decisions. It was amazing to watch how my maturity grew- from praying from the basic thoughts and ideas of a youth – to the needs and heart cries of a woman.
Somewhere along the way though, I lost consistency. Somewhere, writing down the request became lack in my life. One day I quit writing in journals. I only took notes for knowledge- and no longer wrote on the request of my heart, or the great things God had done. Conviction flooded my soul.
Right after I settled into marriage and motherhood, I came across Women Living Well. Never did I expect to find such friendship in the writer- but I am blessed I did! One of the first post I found was a post entitled “Putting my Prayer Life in Order” Courtney talked about using simple 5 subject notebooks to organize her prayers to God. She has a section for daily request, confessions, praises, verses and book notes- and she uses a pocket to keep the request of others! I loved this method, and so I adapted this!
Now, I use May Design notebooks to keep my prayer request with me on the go. I have found that I am constantly moving! So, these little notebooks hold my prayers. I can’t use just one per year anymore – but it is helpful for storage as well! In the front of the notebook, I write request. I leave a line between each one so I can write how God answers- and when He does, I highlight the request! The back half of the notebook has my personal prayers in it. I write it out!
Prayer is part of our Armor
When we read the book of Ephesians, we find the armor of Christ. Every day, we are to put on the whole armor of God. Many people stop at verse 17- yet, in the fullness of the passage, we see that prayer is part of our armor. It is part of our offense against the enemy. We are to take up the sword of the spirit and pray. If we are going to battle in this war that is raging all around us, we are going to have to pray. We are going to have to b serious about it- because Satan is serious about attacking it.
Satan Hates Prayer
Satan hates prayer. Don’t think for one minute that Satan is going to let you just go to war in prayer. Absolutely not. When you commit to make this a priority – he is going to come after it! There are a few things we need to remember about Satan:
- He can’t be everywhere at once.
- He can’t read your mind
- He is a illusionist- He uses tricks to mislead us. Only God does miracles.
- He is running out of time.
There are some other things we learn about Satan in the beginning of the book of Job. You can find them in the first video on Job on my post about Testing
Satan’s Attack on Prayer
Satan has a plan. A strategy. He is out to take us down – and he wants to make prayer seem powerless in our lives. Over the next 10 weeks, we are going to talk about the strategies he has taken out on us.
- Our Passion
- Our Focus
- Our Identity
- Our Family
- Our Confidence
- Our Calling
- Our Purity
- Our Rest and Contentment
- Our heart
- Our relationships.
Oh sweet sister, what part of our life does not fall under one of these subcategories? It is time to be strategic right back. It is time to go to the very Word of God and lay claim on these areas of our lives.
Our Prayer Challenge
This weeks challenge is going to be a little different. It is going to be harder to keep each other accountable- but I think what we are going to do is VITAL! This week, we are just going back to the basics. We are going to pray. I am challenging you – challenging me- to write out my prayers. To be serious about this thing called prayer. To treat it as the weapon that it is, and to believe that when I pray – God is moving.
I love how Priscillia talks about the PRAY acronym. This week, use this.
- Praise- Begin with praise. Not because you want to get your way – but because He is worthy.
- Repent- Keep a clean slate before the Lord. Keep the relationship moving with good communication and a right heart before Him.
- Asking- Be specific and purposeful in your asking.
- YES! Remember that God’s word is full of promises that we can claim.
Each day this week, I want you to go to scripture and find a promise that you can claim and pray it back to God. God’s Word is powerful. God is a promise keeper- and He will keep His Word.
*A note of caution- be sure the promises you are claiming are promises written for you! Promises of land and prosperity in the Old Testament were for the Jewish nation!*
If you want, share pictures of your prayer journal – but use caution! Prayer is a very personal form of worship – and some people are snoopy! Make sure there is nothing that would be incriminating in your pictures! Also, you can share the verses that God is sharing with you to claim. There will be a place for this in the Worshipful Homemaking Community – and of course, you can always share here on the blog!
Worshiping God With My Life,