Excerpt From: Bounds, E.M. “Power Through Prayer.”
When I read the statement above, the first thing I asked myself is how do I define prayer, for the answer to that question will help me understand the power of prayer.
Prayer to me is a time when I pour my heart before God, a time when He speaks to my spirit, I may start out knowing the things I am going to pray about but as Romans 8:26 says; "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans."
Prayer is a time when I do a lot of talking to God but is also a time when I can hear his spirit loud and clear. Prayer exposes my heart, when I pray I know God is listening. I learned so much about myself through prayer.
The times I don't feel rush to pray, when I decide to take time to pray until my heart is content I much about myself. I remember a time when I started out praying for my heart to not be hurt over something my husband did, I prayed and prayed and prayed and at the end I realize that what I though was hurting me wasn't hurting me at all.
What happened was: I shared with my husband that I needed him to plan something special for us to do. It was a long week and I was feeling burned out and I needed refreshment for my mind. A week had past and he hadn't done anything, I expressed to my hubby my disappointment, but even after being vulnerable with him I still found myself hurting that he hadn't met my need.
I went to God in prayer, through prayer the Spirit taught me that I wasn’t hurt because he hadn't done anything, (my husband is not a romantic by nature) but I was hurt because he didn't give himself a reminder so he won't forget.
It was awesome after I prayed I went back to my husband and shared that I wasn’t upset because he can be negligent in thinking of making dates happen for us, I know is not his strength and I love him anyway. I was hurt that he didn't actively do things that could help him remember to take me out.
At the end, my hubby felt love and accepted and saw he needs to accept that is not is strength, and is ok to use the tools available to him (such as to do list reminder on his smart phone) to met my needs. We had a great talk and ended up going on a nice date afterward!
If I hadn't prayed I would not have learned to communicate with my husband what hurt me and he would feel like a failure because he kept forgetting to plan special dates for us.
This is just one example in my life of how prayer has taught me so much, especially that I don't have to figure out everything everything I am feeling, I need just to pray!
Praying through Proverbs 3:5-12,19-20 MSG
I pray dear Heavenly Father to trust You from the bottom of my heart. I pray that You remove or humble me in every situation where I try to figure out everything on my own.
Grant me a still heart so I listen for Your voice in everything I do and everywhere I go. I trust with all my heart that You are the one who will keep me on track. Remove from my heart the arrogance that at times assumes that I know it all.
I pray to always run to You, oh God! Grant me the courage and perseverance to run from evil! I know that every time I run from evil, my body will glow with health, my very bones will vibrate with life!
May I never forget or hesitate to honor You with everything I own; to give You the first and the best. Whenever I forget to do so, please make me aware of it immediately. I know that when I honor You my barns will burst, my wine vats will brim over.
May I not turn away from You or resent Your discipline; may I not sulk under Your loving correction, instead may every time you correct me remind me that It's the child You love that You correct; a father's delight is behind all this.
God I pray that I find myself more praying that studying. God You know prayer is not my strength but I eagerly desire to grow in that area, because I know that I always learn so much and my faith and wisdom grows in ways it could not any other way.
I love You God, in Jesus name I pray