Focusing On Prayer

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16 Image by truthseeker08 from Pixabay

This morning as I was doing my morning devotional, the topic was prayer and how hard it is to stay focused. The telephone rings, our phone dings because we got a notification, someone walks in the door and speaks to us. All of these interruptions are caused by Satan. He wants to keep us from fully communicating to God.

God can do all things, but he wants us to come to him and ask for what we need. If we get interrupted, we may not get back on track. I don’t know how many times I’ve fallen asleep praying. But I never thought of that being something the devil would cause.

God works through us, so if we want to do much for God, we must pray for much. Does that make sense? Sometimes I’ve felt like it was silly to bother God with a prayer about a cough or something small. Let alone ask him for something really big! More than I could imagine he would ever provide.

Satan would prefer that we not pray at all. If we do pray, he wants us to keep our prayers small, insignificant. That’s why we need to pray BIG!!! He hates it when we’re bold and aggressive.

Prayers can take all forms and come from people in all walks of life.

God on the other hand, loves us and wants us to help grow his flock. When we pray for big things and trust that he will grant them, it shows that we have faith. Have you ever prayed a prayer that was really big? Something that you couldn’t even imagine that God would grant? It was so big it would take a miracle from God, for sure, to make it happen? Granted, a prayer like this may take time, because to grant it certain things would need to be set in motion. People may need to obtain leadership skills, the right people need to be in place, the funding may need to be there. But, we don’t think like God does. NOTHING is too big for God. Yes, we have to realize that our prayers need to be in line with His will. That’s why we study the Bible. So that we can understand His will.

A couple of months ago, our preacher asked a group if we’d ever had a really big dream on our hearts. Something that would be more than we could imagine would be possible. Like growing a church to more than 5 times it’s original congregational size. Or being able to financially help kids who wanted to go to college. I couldn’t think of any big dreams that I had in mind. But I’ve had time to think about it since then.

My dream is in line with what I do in the church. I serve on our praise band. I would love to be a part of growing our whole praise team. I’m not talking huge stage with all kind of spotlights like you see in Elevation or Hillsong videos. But, I’m thinking of growing a team of people with hearts for God to be able to “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him… Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 33:1, 3

I think we have a great praise team now. I’m just thinking new equipment to make the sound better and to help pour our hearts into raising praise to the Lord. I know that a praise team isn’t necessary to worship. But it’s just what I feel God has put on my heart. Sometimes Satan tries to stifle our praise when he messes with our slide show or puts a buzz in the sound system. Oh, he’s messed with us on several occasions, but God always supplies what we need.

What is your prayer that would be the biggest thing you could imagine for God’s kingdom? Share below in the comments.

In Faith,

Pam


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