Purposeful Prayer

I wish…

I’m hoping…

It would be really great if…

Maybe…

If you are anything like me, then you’ve started sentences this way many times.  Maybe not always out loud.  Mine are usually in my head… the place where I dream and also the place where my fears and doubts tear those dreams down.

A couple Fridays ago, I met a friend for lunch.  We live over an hour away from each other, so we met in the middle to catch up after only being in touch through social media for years.  During our talk she mentioned how she had been dreaming and while she believed it was a God-given dream and received confirmation, she realized she hadn’t specifically asked God to fulfil this purpose in her.

I was struck by this and over the next few days I couldn’t shake it. 

Then I was doing my Bible study this morning… wait.  First let me just confess that this is NOT the norm for me.  I am terribly undisciplined when it comes to regular, daily devotions or study.  But I recently started up with a study that is forcing me to be more consistent.  In my notes this morning I read these words:

…God today often chooses to fulfill His promises in His people’s lives in answer to their purposeful prayer.

Did you read that?  I did and my response was, “Ok, God.  I get it. I am so sorry.”

It has dawned on me that while I feel like I’m in constant communication with God and when I’m thinking or dreaming or wrestling with something, I know and believe he is there listening, I hadn’t directly gone to God with some of these things in prayer… candid communion… speaking to HIM… not just allowing him access to my thoughts.

So, what am I going to do about it?  This week I will be working on purposeful prayer.  I have some wishes, dreams, purposes that I believe he wants to accomplish through me, and I have been holding them in my head.  I am going to come to him, in confidence that he hears me, and offer them up to him in purposeful prayer.  Will you join me?

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