Read your bible, go to church, do community service, do bible study…..
Check, check, check, check.
Life was good, easy, comfortable. I was doing it all, living the Christian life and doing it pretty well.
And then there was prayer.
Yeah, I did that. We prayed before meals and at church and here and there. But honestly, life was good. I had it all under control. Why did I need to pray? And why did I need to pray at 6:30am with other women?
But I said yes, I will come. I will pray with you. I do love Jesus and I know prayer is important. Plus, I like hanging out with my friend and coffee….yes, there must be coffee.
So we prayed. God transformed the ordinary places in our homes into holy places. God was moving us into deeper obedience, into hard and holy places and it was good. Prayer was rehydrating the dry and crusty parts of my soul into soft and moldable clay for my Creator to use as He saw fit. It was good. Little did I know God was also preparing me for the hardest season of my life.
And that nice easy life I was talking about…..well, that changed. My life got hard-unexpected hardships hit like a ton of bricks. I was crippled. Life as I knew it was rocked, stripped from my hands, turned upside down. As pieces of my nice, easy, comfortable life went spiraling down the drain-I prayed.
The Holy Spirit made intercession for my struggling soul.
Prayer. The once neglected spiritual discipline in my life became my lifeline and my daily bread. Without prayer (in combination with Gods holy word) I would be filled with anger and bitterness. Instead God is molding me into something beautiful, relying on Him instead of my self.
Our great big holy God meets with us girls early on Monday mornings. What was once about coffee and uninterrupted time with my girlfriends is now about meeting with our Savior. Allowing Him to mold is into usable vessels, break off the crusty bits of our souls and rehydrate with the reviving waters only He can provide.
It doesn’t matter if your life is easy and comfortable or spiraling out of control—come to the water.
“Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)”
Listen, this Imperfectly Brave weekend we keep talking about-come. Come and allow our Maker to refresh, rehydrate and revive you. Step into Holy places with your people and pray. God will meet you there.
Let us start believing prayer to be what God says it is. Join us at www.imperfectlybraveweekend.com