Maybe I’m a “late bloomer” — but it wasn’t until December 2010 that I grasped the true significance of prayer. Since then I’ve experienced the sweetness, the comfort, the peace that comes from the Lord when I “pray continually“ 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
I started whispering this simple prayer…
Father, Open my eyes to see, my ears to hear, my heart to know what Your plan and Your will is. Amen
…about two years prior to December 2010 when my life had become unmanageable and out of control.
I had the desire to draw near to Him, yet I felt so far away. Any other prayer that I attempted to lift up seemed to hit the ceiling — but this one, it was a desperate cry for help. It was a step towards surrender and clarity.
Now, I feel that I could write a whole book on prayer. I’ve learned so much through asking Him to open my eyes, ears, and heart…I pray all. day. long.
I’m a “popcorn prayer” kind of girl. I pray about anything and everything — my prayers are a conversation with Him, my Heavenly Father, my Daddy, my Supplier, my Provider, my Healer, my Comforter, my Wisdom, My Restorer, my Everything. He is not one-dimensional to me.
I enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I enter His courts with praise, I rejoice with Him over every “WIN” whether it’s big or small, I pour out my heartaches, I cry on my knees and lay my fears at His feet, I humbly repent my wrongs, my sin, my shortcomings, I pray about what I can see and what I cannot see, I wake up every morning and pray, “YES! Lead me, show me what You want me to do today. I will go, send me!”
I pray with others and for other…I go for prayer and allow others to pray for me. I cannot imagine my life today without prayer. Often times, my prayers are bold — I circle each dream, each promise with prayer. Often times my prayers are simple and seemingly insignificant. But what I’ve found is He hears them all and cares about every single detail, even our smallest need…
…my list is extremely long of answered prayers
This is what prayerfullness means to me — God continues to mold me, shape me, and take me to new places in this area and I am loving the journey. As I learn and grow, I teach my nuggets. We pray together, I pray over them, they pray form me, for others, for situations. I’ve taught them my simple prayer, “Father, Open my eyes to see, my ears to hear, my heart to know what Your plan and Your will is. Amen” My hope is that above all else, they would walk with Him according to His will.
I pray, “Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfullness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.”
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