Have you ever said, “Well, all we can do now is pray”? A few weeks ago I found myself saying that, a lot, regarding a situation that seemed very much out of our hands. Each time I said it, it felt wrong. Each time I said it, I found myself qualifying it and going back to clarify my meaning. I knew it wasn’t accurate, but it’s a phrase that we have been groomed to say, and to my disappointment, it kept coming out.
What do you mean, “All we can do now is pray”!? All we can do, like that’s the last option?! Isn’t and shouldn’t prayer be our first and best option?! Hello?! Duh, Season! I’m the one who preaches prayer. I’m the one who prays big! I’m the one who has big crazy faith and has seen mountains move!!
Ok, I’ll stop yelling at myself and using so many exclamation marks.
But, seriously, I surprised myself. Why did that seem to be the last resort? It felt like I was surrendering to the weakest position. There was a sense that I was defeated. The reality is, I know better.
Prayer is the strongest position.
Prayer is where I hold my hands open and completely surrender the situation to the Lord.
In prayer I get to see things from a heavenly and supernatural vantage point.
Prayer is where I’m called to declare the truth and release blessing.
Prayer is where the words of my heart and mind turn into soldiers that war for love, goodness, justice, mercy, and peace.
In prayer I’m the most powerful because it’s all in Jesus’ name.
Prayer is how I find peace.
And don’t even get me started on when I’m speaking in my heavenly prayer language (tongues)! Watch out! Peace, power, love, and all the stuff in my soul that I can’t form into words comes pouring out of me and goes straight to the throne room of my Father. While prophesy builds up the body (and I LOVE it), speaking in tongues builds up and edifies my soul (1 Cor. 14:4). It gives me confidence in knowing that my heart has been heard when I don’t have the words. My soul groans and the Spirit understands.
Prayer is the best response. I want prayer to always be my first response. Your’s too! Instead of exhausting all our natural resources and then resorting to prayer, let’s make prayer the go-to and see how the Lord leads us to use those natural resources. Yes, often there will be a moment when we seem to come to the end of our physical ability to contribute to a situation, but prayer is VERY MUCH AN ACTIVE AND POWERFUL CONTRIBUTION!
This isn’t some kind of clever and groundbreaking blog post. My first blog was about prayer, and I hope that these peaks into my prayer life will inspire you in your prayer life. I am a work in progress. My heart’s desire is to learn as much as I can about prayer and all its forms so that I can be the most effective. BUT, the reality is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Like I wrote about in my first blog, two of my favorite and most prayed prayers are “I trust you, Lord” and “I love you, Lord.”
I am committed to eradicate the phrase “all I/we can do now is pray” from my vocabulary. It is my prayer that our first and most natural response is prayer, and that it never stops.
Joyfully in prayer,
Season is daughter of the Most High King. After spending over 30 years performing on stage (from the time she could walk) the Lord called her into full-time ministry. That led Season to pursue her Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in San Diego and to join christianmingle.com in 2011. One led her to graduate with her M.Div in May of 2016 and the other led her to her husband Kris and 3 daughters (Aubrey 14, Alana 13, and Aireana 11).
Passionate about freedom and healing, releasing the glory of God, and telling the best story well – through preaching and teaching, Season has big dreams and prays even bigger. She and her husband LOVE to travel and are always ready with a YES to whatever and wherever the Holy Spirit leads. While full of life and supernatural joy, Season is also almost always full of iced tea.
See her posts here: https://herroar.com/author/seasonbowers/