Here we are after a week’s travel into our journey. Here is the place we meet up, touch base and catch our breath the week to come. We have been been putting into practice Beth Moore’s devotional book Whispers of Hope on a (hopefully) daily basis. In this practical guide for a devotional time of prayer she suggests an Acronym to follow: PRAISE. I look at this little acronym as a “workout” spiritually. We are growing spiritually strong and healthy by following the “program”. When one begins an exercise program for the body, it is not always a comfortable transition. The training protocol challenges our mental discipline as well as our physical stamina and ability. So it is when one is looking to grow spiritually. But heed this truth:
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timpothy 4:8
What I love so much about the format is it prioritizes Praise, and also does not neglect interceding for ourselves. I also appreciate that thanksgiving is “sprinkeled” throughout all. One of the most significant lessons I learned when I became involved with Moms in Prayer, was prioritizing my prayer time by praising God first, for who He is, alone. My faith life took a giant leap forward as I learned to magnify Him, first. The beauty and power of magnifying God first in our personal, and community prayer time is, that it transforms and strengthens our wee little mustard seed faith into a God-sized, giant tree of hope. This is an act of worship and a spiritual discipline that, I believe, truly transforms the mind and faith life. When we focus on God and who He is, instead of our overwhelming circumstances, our perspective changes. Period.
One of the challenges I had was merging a couple of the prayer areas, such as supplication for self and equipping . For instance, I noticed that I tend to intercede for myself topically, so if I am praying for my husband or daughter, I also add intercessory prayer for myself most naturally in these areas. By the time I prayed for my own equipping, sometimes it seemed I had already covred it elsewhere. I also noiced that some mornings were harder to focus than others which coincided with a busy day. At least one of the days was interrupted and I didn’t make it through my whole quiet time (Such is life, we press on). Another day I made it through Intercession but ran out of time for the last two prayer topics. One of the mornings, I actually fell asleep in prayer! Don ‘t judge. Life is busy, that’s what grace is for, friends!
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Matthew 26:41
For the days ahead, I will continue to ask the Holy Spirit to grow me in faithfulness, and I will “keep watch” by not having quiet time on the couch, but instead the kitchen table, when I am sleepy! I am not to worried, about the merging of the prayer topics, but will continue to follow the format and ask God to use it to fine tune any areas He would like with regard to my prayer life.
I want to share some free resources that have blessed me in the area of Praising God:
*Attributes of God (Moms in Prayer)
*31 Days to Praise: Creating a Vocabulary of Praise ( Bob Hostetler)
*31 Days of Praise (Prayer Closet Ministries)
For those who have been participating, please check in and comment:
What are you enjoying about the journey thusfar? What are you finding to be challenging? How can you modify to overcome your prayer/quitet time “obstacle” in the week ahead?
If you are not currently participating but have used the book, please feel free to share your thoughts here with us!
I will pop in later today!