Sunday, February 13, 2011

Prayer Monday

Prayer.

It's a complete enigma.  I know I need it.  I do it, but probably not with any sort of regularity.  I'm not sure if it changes my heart or moves the heart of God.  Maybe it's both.  But I know it's a serious deal or scripture would not say "for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56:7).

Does that keep me from getting caught up in music or education in church services?  Please.  Have we met?  I can get distracted in a cardboard box by myself.  It's certainly a possibility that I find ways to avoid the very thing I need the most.

Have I mentioned that I need prayer?  Girls (and my 3 obligatory men...including Dad), it shouldn't be a question...more of a statement really.  But I'm sometimes afraid I spend way too much time in prayer for myself when I know there are so many others with needs much greater than mine.

Taylor over at The Lumberjack's Wife regularly has people post for Fat Tuesday.  So I wonder how many of you would be willing to post for Prayer Monday?  I will post prayer requests and a short prayer for the beginning of the week.  I am going to commit to focused prayer at least twice a day (when I get up and before I go to bed).  Please don't think that means I won't pray in between.  I'm just making a concentrated effort to pray for the day ahead and thank Him for what He's given at the end of the day.

You are welcome to post your prayer requests, offer a short prayer for the week and report on your regular prayer progress.  Like Samuel, maybe a few of us could commit to saying, "I will intercede with the LORD for you" (1 Samuel 7:5).

Instead of waiting until tomorrow, I'll go ahead and post for Prayer Monday.

My Prayer Requests
1.  I'm asking that God will heal my body so it functions the way it's meant to work.

2.  My Favorite.

3.  Women's Bible Study begins the first week in March.  I'm praying that God will bring the women He has prepared for this season.

4.  I'm praying for a deeper desire for God and less interest in what others think or the life circumstances they are living that may be different from mine.  I don't want to be flippant, but I need to keep from getting consumed.

5.  My friend, Rin, is having surgery on her back.

Prayer for this week
Father, I have no idea who's going to be participating in Prayer Monday, but I know You laid it on my heart to focus my heart on prayer.  I'm asking that You guide us this week.  Make Your Will clear and make your heart known.  Break our hearts with things that break Yours.  Give us words to speak that will guide others to You.  Give us hearts that desire You and Your Word.

I ask these things in your name.  Amen.

Feel free to contribute.  I'll be looking forward to partnering with you in prayer.

5 comments:

Armanda said...

I LOVE this idea. I need more prayer accountability and maybe this will help me focus when praying too. Sometimes when I set out to pray I feel like I am all over the place with my prayer. Thank goodness God knows all the mumblings of our hearts!

ktjane said...

I am without concise thoughts as it's early, but I will be joining you in prayer today.

CaseyRhea said...

I pray that everyone has a safe and blessed day, and for patience for my dad. (He has a Parish Council meeting tonight!)
Finally, I lift up my friends (past and present) who I have been neglecting. While I may not have a connection with them anymore at all, or if that connection is strained due to distance or the hectic comings and goings of daily life, I know that you can guide them through their tough times, and be the friend that I cannot be right now, Lord.

Oh, and maybe I should toss in a side of patience for myself, just for good measure. I have class tomorrow night, always a treat!

(Crys, I don't know if I have told you that we pray at the beginning of class every week - I will be sure that we pray for you tomorrow night. Love you!)

Armanda said...

I posted my Prayer Monday! I hope I did it right. I am still a little new to this blogging business. I am so excited about this and will be praying for each of you.

Missy (What's Going On Here?!) said...

Hey, this is a great idea! The internet can be used for good, who knew?! Thanks for thinking of this.