Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
This is a great topic. I believe this can either mean don't give up praying or it can mean keep praying no matter where you are and what you are doing. If you are working and are about to go into a meeting, pray. If you are a salesman and are about to make a sales call, pray. If you are a teacher, pray before you enter the classroom. If you are a police officer, pray before you answer a call for help. If you are in retail sales, pray before you go out on the floor. Pray before answering the phone. Pray before getting in your car. Pray, pray, pray!
When we pray, we are passionate about the things we carry in our heart that concern us. The more we begin the carry these things to our Mighty God, the more urgent and compelling things become in our spirit. Prayer changes us, because the more we are in His presence the more we desire to be in His presence....our Faith becomes stronger and our yearning for God to move in each situation. It is unimaginable to some but...Before you know it the attitude of your heart is continually in the spirit of prayer no matter what we are physically doing... to just live, breathe and cry out to God is natural.
I like taking a topic of prayer each day. I got tired of saying "Yes, I'll pray for you" and a week would slip by, and I completely forget until I see the person again. So here's what i try to do (not that I have 'attained' this by any means!):
Tue: Sickness and grief
Wed: The body of CHrist
Thur: Missions and world situations
Friday: Family life and families in crisis
I start the day with a specific, scriptural prayer for each day. Then, I review the list for that day.
This way, if I find myself with some mental time: Driving, laundry, lunch time etc.. I reflect to the 'topic' of this day and start praying through my list for each of those days. It also helps me to keep track of my mental / thought life. I can't say this works like clockwork, but who wants prayer to work like that? The best times in prayer are when God taps ME on the shoulder with an observation, or a co-worker's comment, or...or..or..At any rate that's been a helpful tool for me...