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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 17, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 17, 2020

I just think prayer is weird…

By Jodie Montgomery

Sometimes we think more about how we should pray or don’t know how to pray or how weird prayer is that we just don’t pray. I think our lofty pondering can keep us down. One of our Women’s Ministry Disciple Making Coordinators has been encouraging me in regards to prayer as she simply believes what Scripture says about prayer; prayer is good and powerful and Christ-like. So she makes prayer a priority. She just does it. She does it without over-analyzing its “effectiveness”. There are many things mysterious about the Christian life. It is a life of faith; believing in the unseen, following His lead. 

Prayer can be work. It can be sacrificial as it takes time and a willingness to be vulnerable, even emotional. Sometimes the details of the day are overwhelming enough without adding some guilt or awkwardness of prayer; so we devalue prayer. This Coordinator values prayer so much and recognized her struggle to always be intentional in prayer that she engaged leaders in her ministry to pray. She delegated prayer (this makes me smile). Prior to teaching, she sends out prayer requests herself and through her delegates for the ladies in her groups. Here are some example prayers her team has shared with me (they are so dear that I pray them for those she lists and for me)(that’s not selfish, that’s wisdom). This Coordinator has formed a community of prayer.

God Almighty,

 We lift our eyes to you and praise Your Name!  My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.  For You are a sun (light) and a shield (protection); and You give favor and honor and every good thing to your children. (Psalm 84).  Shine on and safeguard the women you have called to this training and shower them with all of your blessings.  The divine power of Your Son has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1).  We pray that these women will know that the Lord Jesus is completely sufficient – He alone is all they need.  As Paul reminds us, since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Fill these women with Your Spirit and produce Your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

In the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, Lord, that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days! (Psalm 90:14) Lord, teach these women to fill up with You so that they may overflow with Your love, peace, and joy and that others may ask them the reason for the hope within them.  Let them be prepared to give an answer for that hope with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15) May the fruit of their righteousness (found only in YOU) be peace and its effect be quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17) 

In Jesus Name, Amen

 

Lord Jesus, as You prayed for Peter, we ask You to pray for these women, that You would strengthen their faith and then help them to strengthen others! (Luke 22:31)  Let them have as their ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to You. (2 Corinthians 5:9)  We love You, Lord.  May the words of our mouths and meditations from our hearts be pleasing in Your sight, our Rock and Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

In Jesus Name we ask all this, Amen

 

I have learned through the years, that when an opportunity exists to pray, bow your head and pray. It has been a privilege to have impromptu, arrow prayers with many. The Scriptures provide many examples of prayer. He guides us to Himself through His Word emphasizing prayer.

“Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today; that Your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which You have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.” 1 Kings 8:28-29

 

The Lord Jesus Christ teaches us how to pray and in the darkest moments He prayed. I suggest again that believers devote themselves to prayer.

 

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” Mark 14:32