Prayer – An Essential
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of praying over our children. This is a vital role we play in our children’s lives. But I want to encourage you to make prayer an ongoing exercise that you do everyday .
It really is simple…prayer. I think sometimes we make it bigger and more difficult than necessary. Prayer is simply talking with God – just a normal conversation with our creator. A God who wants to have a relationship with His kids and our prayers build that relationship.
How often do you wish for your children to talk with you? I love conversation throughout the day with my kids. I want to hear how they are feeling, what they are thinking, their fears, hopes, dreams, and daily plans. I believe God wants to hear those things from us as well….just like loving parent. So, I often find myself with an ongoing dialog with Him throughout the day.
I also believe there is spiritual warfare that we must partake in to cover our families and those we care about. The Word explains we have battle to wage against the enemy of our souls and the souls of our children and friends. We cannot sit quietly and whisper a sweet prayer of thanksgiving and think our household is safe. We must let the enemy know he has no place in our lives, he can NOT touch our families, and we serve the God who wins this race!
What does all this look like? Here are a few practical tools to take your prayers to a new level:
- As your feet hit the floor, “OK, Lord here we go!” is just an invitation for Him to come alongside of you for the day.
- Just begin with a prayer of thanksgiving for who He is and what He’s done for you.
- Work your way through the book “The Power of a Praying Parent/Wife” by Stormie Omartian (she walks you through how to pray for a variety of topics)
- Write your prayers down so you can go back and see God’s faithfulness (I loved reading through my Mom’s prayer lists – it brought such comfort to me knowing she was calling my name to the Father)
- Write them out on a board or plate as a reminder of what you want to pray for – include your children, let them make a prayer list, areas they want you to pray about with them (this brings such encouragement for a child to know their parent is interested in what matters to them and to know they are praying throughout the day)
- Check out some creative “Prayer Boards” on Pinterest to give you some ideas.
- As something catches your eye or someone is brought to your mind – say a prayer of thanksgiving or a quick prayer for that person (I often ask God who I can pray for and then I say a quick prayer for the first person that comes to mind) or (something as simple as a sunset – I thank Him for the beauty of His creation)
- Go see the new movie “War Room” – it will get your prayer life ignited!
- Ask the Lord to form a hedge of protection around all of your family members.
Prayer is an essential part of this Christ-filled walk for us. It is how we stay connected to our source of Hope and Strength for the day ahead. It is a powerful weapon that we need for this battle. So get started, any way you choose – begin the dialog and He will lean in, listen, and move on your behalf. That is a truth you can trust!