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A Conversation with the Almighty

| written by Alece Ronzino | 16 comments

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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After pioneering a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece Ronzino now lives in Nashville, TN. She’s a nonprofit communications strategist, freelance copywriter/editor, and the founder of One Word 365. More importantly, she dances in the car, talks with her hands, and makes a mean guacamole. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Follow Alece on Instagram and Twitter, and visit her blog, Grit and Glory.

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Piper: How I love your blog and your posts!! Always right on time. Thank you for sharing your heart!! I too have a One Word and mine is JOY. I too know that its more than just a word. I learned that with my word last year. He definitely chose JOY for me. Everyday has been a learning experience, one day He shows me that I can't have JOY without putting HIM first in my life, and that I should always put others before myself. Another day, He prods me along into sharing JOY in my everyday life. He has also shown me JOY in hard days. Most of all I MUST CHOOSE JOY above everything, and when I don't feel JOY, I must find it!! Even in the mundane, even in the trial!! Reply

    Stefanie Brown: Oh, JOY!! What a powerful word, Piper!! JOY can re relinquished, but not taken. May we hold tightly to out JOY as we cling to HIM. May JOY abound in the both of us. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing, Piper. Reply

Mia: Hi dear Stefanie This is now just what it is ... a conversation with our Pappa God in heaven. A sharing of hearts, thoughts, life, actually, everything with Him! What an honor to be in communion everyday with Him sharing every moment of our life's with Him, allowing Him to live His life in and through us! Reply

    Stefanie Brown: Yes, Mia!! Thank you for always being an encouragement to me. Your comments lift my spirit and point to Him. You're such a dear. Reply

Kelly Stanley: Love this. It's that simple: a conversation, a word exchange. I'm trying to get back to that consistent, DAILY communication. I just accepted a publisher's offer for a book called The Art of Praying Upside Down, in which I'm looking at creative approaches to prayer which use basic artistic techniques and considerations. I'll be following your journey this year and can't wait to see what you learn and how it changes you. Not saying you need to be changed, just that it's exciting to see what He will do when we open ourselves up even more :-). Many blessings. Reply

    Stefanie Brown: Oh, Kelly! I'm excited about "The Art of Praying Upside Down". How intriguing! I'd love to review it when you're ready:) Thank you for sharing and am excited about the prayer journey we're both traveling. Reply

~Karrilee~: Ah yes... and how often in our 'conversations' do we monopolize the time and fill the spaces!? Such am important reminder to 'be still and know'... to wait for His reply! My OneWord is Surprise and it is teaching me - or reminding me - that we were created to live a life of adventure! To take risk... to live large... for the planner in me, that can be terrifying... but the lover in me - LOVES impulse, spur of the moment, and the surprise! (At least I am allowing my Word to stir that up in me!) Reply

    Stefanie Brown: I LOVE your word!! When we walk by faith, there are many "surprises" along the way:) A faith-walk is NEVER a dull walk. Thank you for sharing:) Reply

Mary: Oh, my friend...an open dialogue, each of us given an opportunity to speak and listen...what beautiful words Stefanie. This post spoke to my heart. Thank you. Reply

    Stefanie Brown: Thank you, my friend!! I cannot wait to see you in a few short weeks:) Reply

[email protected]: I agree with you, Stefanie.. a dialogue is so much more interesting and fun than a monologue, which is how I used to pray... what a great word to practice :) Reply

Vicky c. Sebastian: Dear Stefanie, thank you for sharing your one word. I believe in prayers so much. Our Father truly listens to our prayers because of Jesus Christ His Son. I just experienced an answered prayer to an almost impossible situation in my life. It ended well and fine. All to the glory of God! Thank God for your gift of writing. God bless you and all your friends. Vicky /Philippines Reply

    Stefanie Brown: Amen, Vicky! I love hearing victories brought on my prayer!! Praising HIM with you:) Reply

Frelle: Great to read your post and everyone's responses! MY one word: http://mademorebeautiful.com/2013/02/09/one-word-become/ Reply

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