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.