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It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp. Look y'all, if you are like me, and I'm betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests. Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of a partnership...more of a love fest...more of an expression of trust.


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How I Stopped Rubbing a Useless Magic Lamp When I Prayed

Spiritual Disciplines Series:  Prayer

It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp. Look y'all, if you are like me, and I'm betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests. Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of a partnership...more of a love fest...more of an expression of trust.

Prayers often don’t work out quite like we imagine them.    A divorce might divide a family.  A child might die.  The innocent might suffer.  Life is difficult.  It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp.

It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp. Look y'all, if you are like me, and I'm betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests. Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of a partnership...more of a love fest...more of an expression of trust.

Look y’all,  if you are like me, and I’m betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests.  Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of  a partnership…more of a love fest…more of an expression of trust.

Remove Yourself

I found this great verse in 1 Peter 4:7, and I have included several different versions below.  I wonder if Peter was recalling the time he and his friends fell asleep while waiting in the garden with Jesus when he wrote this?

The end of the world is near. You must be the boss over your mind. Keep awake so you can pray. NLV

Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer. HCSB

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. NIV

First of all, I suggest that you set aside time to pray…not the praying you constantly do in your mind as you go about your day…and not the nightly prayer you say while falling to sleep on your pillow.  Jesus often removed Himself from the crowds to spend time with His Father.  We too should remove ourselves from the crowds and become disciplined about our time with God.  I found a place behind my closet door where I can go to have private time with my Lord.  Click here to read How I Found a Space to Pray in my Small House.

Seek Synchronization

There are two wills at play when I pray, mine and God’s.  My will seeks comfort and escape from suffering.  God’s will is more mysterious.  God’s will incorporates parenting and His immeasurable imagination.  And sometimes it requires prolonged suffering.  I am so glad the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to include his trouble with the thorn of Satan in 2 Corinthians.  It gives us a glimpse of the mind of Christ when He reminds the tormented Paul that:

“My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

The suffering obviously came from the enemy, but the suffering was prolonged by Jesus to keep Paul from becoming conceited. (read the whole passage here)  Who can understand the mind of God?  Not me.  But what should my reaction be to chronic difficulty and trouble?  How should I respond in prayer?  Should I shake my fist at the One who knows all?  Should I feel forgotten and discouraged?  This was Paul’s reaction:

So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

To be able to pray for pleasure in weaknesses, to be able to ask that His grace be enough is my idea of a partnership of wills.  I may not feel it, but I can ask for Him to help me feel it.  Strength in the middle of pain.  My ongoing prayer for myself and for others on my prayer list is to be able to withstand God’s will, to be able to trust Him when things look bleak, and to have His grace be enough.  But mainly I pray this from Ephesians 3:14-19

For His unlimited resources

For power with inner strength through the Spirit

That I learn to trust Him so Jesus will make His home in  my heart

That the root of God’s love will keep me strong

That I will be given the power to understand how wide, how strong, how deep His love is

That I will be made complete with all the life and power that comes from God

 

It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp. Look y'all, if you are like me, and I'm betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests. Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of a partnership...more of a love fest...more of an expression of trust.

Diversify

In the past, my prayer time has been B-O-R-I-N-G!  Why in the world would I want to linger in prayer if I am distracted or uninterested?

One way I  solved this dilemma was by gathering together the latest in worship music on my Pinterest page so I have it available as I pray.   For example, I particularly love the song “Come Alive (Dry Bones)” by Lauren Daigle as I pray over the  lost and distracted people on my prayer list.  On some days I just put on instrumental meditation music, close my eyes, breath deeply and just BE with Jesus.

On other days if I am particularly stressed about something I will use a passage like Psalm 23 to remind myself through the scripture that God is my Shepherd while using my prayer journal to write it down.  My journal then becomes encouragement for me when I reread past entries.

If I run out of words to use in praise, I go to the Psalms.

Some days I try to just be thankful and not ask anything of Him.  I post pictures of my family and feel my heart swell with thankfulness as I look at their faces and know the Holy Spirit is bringing words I cannot say straight to my Father.

Be Ready

A couple of years ago something unexpected and scary happened to one of my children.  I got obsessed and worried and discovered I was not as strong as I thought.  I begged and pleaded and I was NOT filled with peace.   There was no syncing up with God’s will AT ALL.  There was no partnership. I was a total disappointment to myself.  The fiery arrows from the enemy were burning me.  Where was that genie when I needed him?   The only way I survived spiritually was because three people I loved reminded me of the things I forgotten. They prayed with me and read scriptures to me.

Then I remembered.

It was obvious that I needed more military training. More discipline in prayer.  I needed to learn to be the boss over my mind.   I pray that in the moment when your world seems to fall apart, you won’t fall apart like I did…that the discipline of prayer and Bible study will sustain you.  Be ready… because our enemy is prowling like a lion.

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Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.Do you sometimes forget you have no power over the weaknesses in the one you love? It's time to capture every rebellious thought about your spouse and focus on the battle in prayer.I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.


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How I Found a Space to Pray in my Small House

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

Spiritual Disciplines Series

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

Before I saw The War Room, my prayer list was located on spiral note cards.  It never occurred to me to do my praying in a closet as was done in the movie, even though Jesus makes this suggestion in Matthew 6:6 NLT

 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

I became convinced that I needed a place in my home to pray, away from the family.  I could just take my prayer list with me, but I liked the idea of posting my prayers in a permanent location.

My closet was too tiny, or maybe I should say, it was too full, so I looked at the back of my closet door as a better way for me to utilized the space I had available.  First I painted the back of the door a fun turquoise color.

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

Next I went to Hobby Lobby with a sample of my paint so I could coordinate colors of the paper I would use for the banner, labels, and the center board that I use for immediate needs.

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

Next I assembled the center board using:  hot glue, glue stick, twine, a chip board, coordinating paper made of card stock, and tiny clothespins.  Using the glue stick, I attached the card stock to the chip board.  Then I used hot glue to attach the twine to the back while it crossed in various locations on the front.  The chip board has holes on back for use in securing to the door.

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

Next, I created a PRAYING banner.  Since the paper I picked out was too big for my printer, I cut it to the right size , then used the scraps for the Immediate Needs board.  I attached the banner with twine and used duct tape on the top of the door so the new paint wouldn’t be ruined.

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Last, I printed labels and scripture cards to arrange on my prayer door.  I positioned my chair next to the door, to make sure I arranged each item low enough for me to see.  I used the product Simply Tacky to attach the cards and keep the paint from peeling.  I took pictures with my phone of each section of my prayer door so I can access my list anywhere.

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

 

Next week I will write more about what I do during my prayer time.  It might surprise you to know that I do very little begging and pleading, and that all my praying is integrated with worship music that I have saved on my Pinterest page.

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

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Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.Do you sometimes forget you have no power over the weaknesses in the one you love? It's time to capture every rebellious thought about your spouse and focus on the battle in prayer.So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp. Look y'all, if you are like me, and I'm betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests. Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of a partnership...more of a love fest...more of an expression of trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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