“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)
The fact that we have the ability to talk to the God of the universe is amazing to me. The fact that He answers us blows my mind. I’ve always been drawn to the power of prayer. I love hearing stories of faithful prayer warriors and the awesome ways God answers their prayers. Behind every powerful Christian giant or every church that reaches many for Jesus there is a prayer warrior. I’ve always felt called to pray for others. I feel so honored when people share with me their prayer requests. Getting to intercede for those I love & even those I’ve never met is exciting. Praying gives me the ability first hand to see the mighty works of God. My heart especially aches over those suffering in the world whether physically or circumstantially. Having chronic pain everyday for years I know firsthand how overwhelming life can be at times. But the Word says to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). And so that is what I do everyday, not just for myself but for many others as well. I have a list of 50 people/families that I try to pray for every week as well as urgent requests I try to pray for everyday. My list includes 13 people living with chronic conditions. On my list I have everyone from close friends & family, to people I met on twitter living with chronic pain, to the President of the United States!
With so many people to pray for, and wanting to devote enough time to each person I was trying to think of a way to make sure I pray for everyone. As I was taking my daily walk the Lord gave me an idea. Ever since May my pain has been slightly more manageable most days. Enough so that I’m actually able to walk a mile about 4 nights a week. It might not sound like much but for a person who was couch bound most of the first 6 months of 2011, walking a mile is a really big deal! So the idea the Lord gave me was to turn my nightly walk into a prayer walk. To split up my list amongst several days and spend time praying for certain people every night of my walk. I love God’s creativity! I would have never thought to pray during my walk but let me tell you my walk is much more enjoyable that way. Of course my Prayer Walk will have to turn into Prayer Elliptical once winter comes:)
So that brings me to all of you. Do you do what the Word says & pray without ceasing? Do you have any praises to answered prayer you want to share? Or are you need of someone to regularly pray for you or a loved one? Do you have a chronic condition, marital or money troubles or maybe a family member who is far from God? I would love to add you to my prayer list. Please know I will not share your requests with anyone else unless you tell me to. If you want to be added to my list please tweet me or DM me @dayspring82 or email me at email@example.com
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14 (NIV)
“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.” Psalm 116:1 (NIV)