The Holy Spirit is speaking the Word – PRAYER! (Don’t tune out. This is good.)
“Oh man, did she just write – PRAYER.”
Did you just whisper this under your breath?
Let me explain what I feel the Lord is impressing upon me as well as upon most of His church right now.
Some of you may remember that I served on staff in Women’s Ministry at my local church for years. I led Bible study groups, choose studies for our women and directed a lot of the Bible study efforts. I left that position four or five years ago as my online and book ministry began to grow.
What I always found fascinating and utterly disappointing in the years of choosing Bible studies was the fact that if we chose a Bible study about prayer, no one signed up. Yep.
Bummer! But true.
However, what I’m discovering in 2016 is that God’s people are hungry to learn about prayer and about learning to pray effectively. This is evident as I continue to pray for people at my home and it seems that every time I post a prayer on Facebook, it gets shared around. I’m so truly excited about this change in the heart of the Church. Hallelujah.
So today, let’s consider a component of effective prayer.
Yep, confidence is crucial for effective prayer.
Confidence follows right on the heels of belief. But it’s a BIG jump off the cliff to believe and then follow through in confidence. But our Father greatly desires that we develop into people of Godly confidence.
Let me give you an example of what I think this looks like in real life.
My local church offers a once a month “Overflow Worship” night. We come together on a Sunday night and the service is all worship. I LOVE these. My most intimate moments with the Lord occur in worship. About a year ago during one of these sessions, the worship leader got up and said this, “Anyone who wants an extra touch tonight from the Lord, come on down to the front.”
At first no one moved. No one wanted to be the first. No one wanted all eyes on them. The people in the audience were more fearful of the opinions of people than to receive a touch from God. I can tell you there were people in the audience that REALLY wanted to go forward. They ached to go up front on the chance God would see them and help them, but fear kept them pinned to their seat.
NOT this girl. I decided in a moment I didn’t care what people thought, I wanted God more. I moved out of the seats and walked straight up to the very front. Finally, a few more people also went up front. But many remained seated.
This is what I believe God is looking at. He is waiting on the edge of His seat, hoping, cheering and urging our spirit to respond to Him. And it’s often in the public square that God does this. He wants you to take a step of faith to receive His blessing, healing and more. He’s speaking over you, “Come on baby girl. You can do this. Take one confident step out of the shadows, out of the fear. Show me you are willing to take a step for me and I will throw the floodgates of heaven open over you.”
Love is a choice. Much of our life is decided as we choose between love and fear. Choose love. God is calling His children to choose love. Choose to believe. Choose to be confident in what we know is true.
Confidence is a compelling attribute in a believer.
By the way, do you know what I received because I stepped out of the shadows and went down front? I’m convinced I saw an angel that night. It’s an astonishing story, but alas I’m way over my word count. I will have to share it another time.
Okay, now here is the rub. Because you just read this post, God is going to place before you a moment to step out in faith with confidence and choose Him, choose love. It’s gonna happen, and likely in the next few days. So pray now to be ready and respond when He does. Then come back here and tell all of us about it.
Let me leave today’s post by sharing six essential components of effective prayer.
- Create a time and space devoted to Bible reading and prayer.
- Use the Word of God in your prayers.
- Believe – Hebrews 11:6
- Our Will
Have an amazing encounter with our King. I Love you.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. —James 5:16
Lynn Donovan is a women’s ministry leader, a retreat/conference speaker and an ordinary mom and wife who shares with audiences her everyday adventures of walking with the King. Her delight is igniting women’s hearts with Holy Spirit fire, inspiring wives and mothers to step fully into their high and holy calling of marriage and motherhood with joy, laughter and God’s favor.
She has been featured guest on the Moody Radio Network, Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk, FamilyLife Today and the 700 Club. She is the co-author of the award-winning book, Winning Him Without Words and also Not Alone, Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids In a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage. She has a son and a daughter and lives with her husband in Temecula, California. Visit Lynn online at LynnDonovan.org & Spiritually Unequal Marriage.com, Facebook, Twitter and Lynn Donovan’s YouTube Channel.
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