Pushing Through With Prayer
"The angel fetched Peter out of prison but it was prayer that fetched the angel." - Thomas Watson (1620-1686)
It can be easy to get discouraged when we pray fervently for something in our lives and yet see no movement. Prayer relocates and reassigns people into their destiny. Prayer returns us to the heart of God offering a glimmer of hope and declaration to Him that we still believe He is the God who can change everything in an instant. For many years I've always had a secret prayer place. Having a prayer place where you can go - your car, a room in your house, a nearby park - can be vital to establishing a routine of bringing your praise and your petitions before the Lord. It's been in those moments where I return to my prayer place that God reminds me of the many prayers He has answered. There have been so many moments when I have pushed through in prayer in that same location and then returned to give praise for answered prayers. Then, when I return with yet another petition before the Lord it has been those praise moments that have pushed me through in prayer knowing that I serve a God who hears me and a God who cares about the desires of my heart. Prayer certainly doesn't have to only be in a specific place. In fact, one of the most beautiful things about our God is that we can speak to Him anytime, anywhere. I've simply found that having a specific place that I can go to pray when I'm pushing through something in prayer has played an important role in my own heart and prayer life. I encourage you today that if you're finding it difficult to pray or to stick to a prayer longer than when you're laying down to go to sleep at night to find a prayer place and dedicate that time to speaking to God - Praise Him, pray to Him, bring your cares and concerns to Him, pray for your children, your ambitions, thank Him for all that He's already done in your life... spend time with Him. Pushing through in prayer will change everything for you. Leave the phone, computer, iPads away and just spend time with God. The time alone will minister to your heart and I believe to your future.
1 John 5:14 ~ This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. —Matthew 6:6