Examining Our Prayer Life
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. - Daniel 9:3 CSB
I read a John McArthur quote that was like a punch in the gut this morning. McArthur raised the question, “If everyone followed your pattern of prayer, would God’s Kingdom be strengthened?” I have been so convicted lately sisters, about my prayer life. I have attended the funeral of two different women in the past couple weeks, and the thing was said about both of them, is that they were women who prayed, and who were sincere in their prayer.
I began to have a conviction, that though I do pray, my prayer life could be so much better, so much sincerer, and much more obedient. I can honestly say, sisters that if you followed my pattern of prayer at this moment, I don’t know how much God’s kingdom would be strengthened. So, throughout the weeks I have been examining 3 parts of my prayer life: Obedience, Motivation, and Praise.
First off, we are required to pray, it isn’t a suggestion, it is a command. Jesus didn’t tell us “if you pray,” he says, “when you pray”. Prayer is something we are to do, regardless of how we are feeling. Next what is my motivation, is it my own personal agenda or are my prayers focused on God’s will and God’s kingdom? Finally, do I spend all my time in prayer focusing on myself, or do I take the time to praise God for who He is, regardless of circumstances going on around me? Do I trust in God’s sovereignty when I pray, or do I still try to control whatever situation I am laying at His feet?
Prayer is a difficult spiritual discipline, but one that I myself, hope to develop. Prayer should be in line with the Word of God, and in that, we realize that prayer doesn’t just change things, it changes us. I pray that we would be a sisterhood of strong prayer warriors. Take time to examine your prayer life this week.
God, I thank you so much for the opportunities that you give me. I thank you that I can come to you in prayer, and I thank you for your goodness and mercy. The difficulties I lay at you feet, praising you for your sovereignty in all things, knowing you work everything for the good of those who love you. Shine your light on the dark places of my heart, and help me to grow closer to You daily.
If everyone followed your pattern of prayer, would God’s Kingdom be strengthened?
Spend time in Daniel 9 this week? What can we learn from Daniel’s pattern of prayer?
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.