Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"I'm Praying for You"

"I'm praying for you." 

Most of us who are believers have said this or heard it be said. What a comforting statement. I know, for me, it is the most comforting thing for me to hear. To know someone is approaching the Father on my behalf is not only humbling, but comforting to know that people are praying for me.

Sadly, I have told people I am praying for them and haven't. I either had no intention of ever praying for them, just said it as a "passing statement", or simply forgot. After going through cancer, I have tried to be much more mindful when saying this statement.

I not only say it less, but I pray a lot more. I know that is sad (the irony), but I want to be a prayer warrior. I want people to know I will pray.


Making it possible

But here's the other integral part of prayer- being still long enough to pray. If you aren't still very often or aren't able to find a calm in the storm, chances are you don't pray very much. Don't hear me as judging. That is not how I mean it at all. That is just how it made sense to me and I have been and am one of these people very often.

With my PhD, graduate assistantship, my marriage, job, family, friends, I could fill up my time with a million other things. I know many friends who have kids that would literally laugh in my face when talking about "quiet time." But I have looked at my life in the past and even as I have made more concerted efforts for rest and quiet, I can see a lack of prayer life.

How?

This past week, we were blessed to be able to go to the beach with my family. I love the beach. I love getting away most. I love spending time with my husband and family. I normally read a book on the beach, or cuddle up in the condo and watch TLC or HGTV, and I did do some of that. And I think it is wonderful to do this.

With my sweet nephew, Liam. He loved it!
But this trip was different. I spent much time on the beach in silence. I really didn't read much or even talk that much while on the beach. I thought and prayed. I had much to pray about. Many people to pray for. I was reminded that in order to pray, to contemplate, to meditate, I need to be quiet. I need to minimize distractions.

Loved a little family putt-putt! I won!

Does this mean I need to go to the beach every so often? Yes! Absolutely! haha...not quite, but wouldn't that be nice???? What it showed me was- WOW- all the praying and contemplating that could be done if I slowed down enough and was quiet enough to listen and to pray.

I want to be a prayer warrior. I've never really considered myself that. I will pray, but to truly speak life over, read scripture over, meditate over and bring others before the throne of God- I desire that. I wouldn't consider myself that.

It doesn't mean that being a "prayer warrior" isn't my gifting. It simply means I haven't given myself ample opportunity to become a prayer warrior. We can all be prayer warriors.

The whole crew one night...can we please go back?!

So, I encourage you. REALLY start praying for others. I've started journalling after reading a spiritual journaling book and it is really encouraging me. I want to move heaven on someone's behalf. I have the power to! All the prayers that may have been answered and those that are yet to be answered if I just take the time to pray! To really pray!

Doing some journaling at the beach...

Let's be prayer warriors. And in the mean time, enjoy a few more of my beach pictures from our amazing beach week!

Liam's favorite part was the ocean!

This was after our fun trip to the waterpark, and then a little Target expedition


Let's be determined to pray,



Aly

2 comments:

Pamela said...

My name is Martin Murean Dean from the United State, Who said there is no cure for cancer? I was diagnosed with cancer for two years, After taken a enough medications from the hospital. I Was so frustrated because i had no where to turn to but to wait and embrace it. One day i was going through the internet for help and i found a comment of a woman who said a Dr. Iroko help her cured her cancer. I contact the email herbalbestsolution23@hotmail.com and i speak with Dr. Iroko and he also send me the herbal drugs which i used to cure my cancer, and it was gone forever. If you have such disease contact Dr. Iroko immediately he is the only help you need.

Tanya Albert said...

TESTIMONY OF HOW I GOT CURED FROM HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS This is real take it serious, who will believe that a herb can cure herpes, i never believe that this will work, i have spend a lot getting drugs from the hospital to keep me healthy, it got to a time that i was waiting for is death to come because i was broke, one day i heard about this great man called Dr. Ekpiku who is well know for Herpes, HIV, and Cancer cure, i decided to email him I didn't believe him that much, I just wanted to give him a try, he replied my mail and Needed some Information about me, then I sent them to him, he prepared a herbal medicine (CURE) and sent it through Online Courier Service for delivery, he gave my details to the Courier Office. they told me that 3-5 days I will receive the package and after receiving it, i took the medicine as prescribed by him at the end of the one week, he told me to go to the hospital for a checkup, and i went, surprisingly after the test the doctor confirm me Herpes simplex virus negative, i thought it was a joke, i went to another hospital and was also negative, thank you for saving my life, I promise I will always testify of your good works. if you are herpes simplex virus patient, contact him and I am sure you will get cured, contact him via: ekpikuspellhomeofgrace@gmail.com. or call +2347055029151..... THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ekpiku. . HERPES . HIV/AIDS . CANCER