If you want to skip the words and get to the listens, here’s a link to our 31st podcast. We’d be so grateful if you shared it with a friend.
I am no professional.
When I have to pray out loud, my armpits sweat.
Color illuminates my cheeks.
It ends up sounding really hollow.
“God, bless the food. And my family. And can we have world peace? Amen.”
I am serious.
I asked our pastor, Shane, in our recent podcast (number 31, link at bottom!) how he prays when he realllllllllly needs to pray hard.
We’ve talked about prayer posture before.
And we’ve talked about the “Our Father” prayer.
But this time, thank the Lord, we went deeper.
What is a specific strategic prayer and what might it sound like?
Quote the dang Bible y’all. That means you actually have to open it up and find a scenario that applies to you. But guess what? Even if you find the perfect story and ask God to heal the sick person in your life just like he used Elijah to heal the widows sick (and dead) child … if it isn’t in God’s will, you may get a big, fat, hurtful no. (sigh)
Proclaim in Jesus’ name that you believe: blank. Whatever your prayer, be it small or large. Tell God you know He is faithful. Tell God you know He can do it and will do it, if it’s in His will, see above. Tell God you have seen it before and if you haven’t, remind Him of a time He did it in the Bible. God loves to know we are searching His word for comfort and knowledge. When we proclaim His power, He just might have a big surprise for us.
Pray together. For heaven’s sake, don’t be like me. Don’t be afraid to call up a friend, ask them to pray with you and for the love of the Lord just pray out loud. And while you’re at it, remind God what he said! Remind God that he asked us to come in pairs as husband and wife, as neighbors, as friends to pray. He asked us to solidify our belief in prayer together, out loud. Just do it and then put on some more deodorant, because if you’re like me you’re wearing that all natural kind that doesn’t do anything against nervous sweat from praying out loud.
Call up your pastor. Get the oils. Anoint the house if you feel like you’re being attacked. Anoint your kids clothes if you feel like they need protection. Anoint the sick. The Bible says so. So does Shane, take a listen! (see link below)
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Thanks for reading if you’re still here. I took a very long break to figure out what direction I am going and if I’m totally honest, I am still not sure. But, I don’t want that to stop me from sharing perfectly good advice from my preacher.