A guest post from Stefanie Brown —
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Prayer: a conversation with the Almighty.
It’s a word exchange between a daughter or son and their Father.
Whether you’re kneeling before Him or tucked away in your closet, the fact still remains: prayer is an informal reciprocation between you and your Savior, the Prince of Peace, the Great I AM.
During 2013, I’m revisiting the significance of this dialogue, making “Prayer” my one word for the year. My reason is very simple. Somewhere along the line, the spiritual discipline of prayer lessened in my life. Oh, I continued to pray over meals and for safe travel. I would collectively pray with my church family, lifting requests ~ both urgent and long-standing ~ before the throne during Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting. I’d even stop when asked to pray over a specific request from a person in need. I lacked, however, a consistent, daily open line to the Father, my Father.
With my prayer life lacking so, choosing “prayer” as my one word wasn’t difficult. Over the last few months, the Holy Spirit has been gently speaking into my heart, nudging me along, reminding me of the importance of prayer and it’s obvious inconsistency in my own life. I love how He sweetly speaks, calling us back to obedience. He lovingly called me back and with gratitude, I responded.
Throughout the process, this calling back to obedience, I’ve been reminded what prayer is and isn’t, as well as it’s incredible significance in my life and my relationship with Him. Here’s what He’s reminding me:
1. Prayer is a conversation, an ongoing exchange, with my Heavenly Father.
2. It is through this conversation, this dialogue, each of us is given an opportunity to speak and listen.
3. Having access to the throne, to the Father, is a privilege, one made possible by the sacrifice of His Son, our faithful Mediator.
4. When I ask, He always answers ~ yes, no, wait. He doesn’t leave any of us lying in wait.
5. He never sleeps, nor does He slumber. He’s always ready to listen and respond to me.
6. Nothing is too insignificant to bring to Him, His attention. (Remember, the number of hairs on our heads is counted.)
The significance of having a “one word” has grown in my heart and life. It’s more than “calling” a word out, tossing it about throughout a particular year. It’s asking HIM to look inside my heart, asking Him to look inside your heart for something specific that He wants to improve, grow or share through you, through me.
I’m interested to know what He is reminding you through YOUR one word this year. I can’t wait to hear.
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Stefanie’s writing began after an encounter with the Lord in the summer of 2010. It was in that moment she knew writing was her ministry, her calling, her element. Her blog, UpLIFTing Words, was birthed out of the encounter. She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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