This time of prayer has been refreshing and encouraging and also humbling. I’m refreshed in my sense of feeling heard by God and am encouraged by my ability see Him at work. It’s been good to not only witness God’s goodness in action but to play a part of what He’s doing. Prayer is a way for us to commune with God but is also more than that. It’s a way for us to petition God to work on our behalf. We get to request God’s active participation in our lives and the lives of others. I am seeing my loved ones blessed by the prayers I have been sending up to heaven.
I have been praying for things that have been dear to my heart. Things that have been burdensome and heavy. Before now, my heart was heavy and discouraged by my lack of ability to help those whom I loved. Prayer has been a sweet relief for my heart and mind. It’s made me grateful for the things God has already given me and hopeful of the things I bring before Him. I am free to praise and worship God without the weight of my frailty. I am revived in my sense of dependence and find joy in it. It’s been a real blessing to discover that I am truly blessed in many ways. Specifically I am praising God for the blessing of my husband.
As you already know, I am following a 31 day prayer guide for my husband and child that has been helpful in keeping me focused during my prayer time. I wanted to be intentional about praying for their character and spiritual wellbeing. My daughter has made a confession of faith at a very young age and I wanted to see character developed in her. As I prayed through the days I realized that God has really impressed His Spirit within my daughters heart. I could already see fruit of salvation in her life in obvious and some subtle ways. As I prayed that she would grow in compassion, mercy, to love justice, be respectful of herself and others, and that she would be kind and faithful, I realized that God is at work in my daughter. I am truly blessed to have her. I am blessed to know her.
My husband likewise is a source of praise and rejoice during this time of intentional prayer. The prayer guide suggested prayer for my husbands ability to lead our family, that he would choose his friends wisely, that he would be teachable and humble, that he will handle money well, that he would be a hard worker, and that he would be quick to agree with God and repent. Each day that I prayed through something new it was more of me thanking God than requesting that God help my husband to be. I thanked God that he was already a good leader and asked God to help my husband to continue to be a lover of righteousness.
I am full. I am encouraged to continue in prayer. It’s humbling to know that the Father regards me. I have no doubts that He heard my cry to behold His glory. Nor do I doubt that His requirement was that I simply pray for what I want to see. I’m counting my blessings and giving praise. There’s a song based on Psalm 92:1. I keep singing in over and over in my head and it’s wonderful.