Day 4: Pray Through, Ya’ll

Prays-a-Lot Team: I’m going to start writing my overview the night before and sending a bit earlier in the mornings around 6am. I’ve heard that some of you are having your appointments at the same time as me and would like to read the update a bit sooner. 🙂 This will actually help me to not rush as much when I write, so win-win! If you don’t like getting text messages at 6am, let me know – or turn off the alert sound for me on your phone, ha!

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Yesterday, we talked about AHHHMAZING things! God is already moving within the 20 of us that are walking together in our commitment to drawing circles around our prayers. We have so much to celebrate, even though we just started 4 days ago!

At the same time, I’m reminded of a line I quoted from the Intro of our book:

“Don’t be surprised if you experience spiritual opposition along the way. But if you pray through, God will break through in new ways. It’s as inevitable as the tide coming in.” (pg. 7 – Draw the Circle)

Life is hard. Really hard. And we have been warned to expect opposition on this journey ahead.

I know some of us are facing things we don’t even understand. Things that we have no answers for and all we can do is cry before the Lord. Sometimes we don’t have the words to say. Just show up. Keep yourself in a place with Him. Linger for a while. Pray through. Pray even when it feels odd – and you wonder if you’re making any progress, or missing something altogether. You’re not alone, not one bit!

I pretty much wanted to highlight the entire section of Day 4. I can hardly pick which lines to call out, but this one is GREAT:

“Sometimes the purpose of prayer is to get us out of circumstances, but more often than not, the purpose of prayer is to get us through them.” (pg. 34)

Can I get an amen? I know, preaching to the choir.

Real life struggle today for me:

I’ve been working really hard to mend a business relationship with a client that has had its fair share of bumps in the road. I’ve been super angry (like ragin’ angry) and hurt and defensive when I should not have been. I take things way too personally. This is one of those times where I’ve prayed, “Lord, just get me OUT!”

Just this week, I’ve even thought about going to the house involved in the relationship and marching around it myself like Jericho, no joke. (Don’t worry, it’s an empty house!)

God hasn’t decided to deliver me out of this circumstance, yet. He very well may have that planned for the future. After all, my husband likes to remind me that contrary to my popular belief, we really aren’t called to sell everyone’s house. Blah, blah, blah (just kidding, he is SOOO right).

If my struggle and circumstance in this relationship doesn’t change, then I know that it is probably because God is working to change ME instead of getting me out.

As far as addressing my ragin’ anger issues, I’m learning to memorize scripture with my little girls to help in those awful moments of life. We’ve never done anything like this as a family and it is pretty interesting to watch. They get so excited!! Tonight we started on this verse: Proverbs 14:29 “A wise man controls his temper. He knows that anger causes mistakes.”

The struggles will arise.

Ragin’ anger.

A family member struggling to be free from the bondage of addiction.

Finding yourself struggling in the midst of a scary transition with so many questions unanswered.

Wondering why in the world God has you in your current work environment.

Wondering if your odd prayers are ok.

Pray through, ya’ll.
Whether that means marching around your home in the early morning hours to plead the blood of Jesus over your family, or having church in your car on the way to work. It may be kneeling by your bed, or crying out in the shower. It doesn’t matter where. It doesn’t matter how. Just pray though.

I’m right there with ya,
~Starr

4 thoughts on “Day 4: Pray Through, Ya’ll

  1. From Aunt Deb:
    What a difference a few days makes! I can’t believe the change I’ve found in myself as I put God in the center of my day…I am very much more aware of uttering prayers constantly throughout the day. And the words from the morning “challenge” stay with me all day. I’ve NEVER been one to journal, but am really enjoying talking with God thru my journaling. I’m wondering if the new notebook will last me thru the 40 days…and that’s a GOOD thing. My word today is THROUGH…a strange word it might seem, but as I read this morning our prayers are usually centered around God changing our circumstances, but prayer should be to change us! That kept running thru my mind today…it also brought to mind a favorite song of a few years back….Through the fire…He may take us around the fire, He may take away the fire, but MANY times He takes us THROUGH the fire. But like the three boys standing in the midst of the fire, there was/isnanother in there with us…Jesus. No matter what, no matter anything, He WILL bring us through. But we must first PRAY through not just to. Thanks for bringing me along on this awesome journey. GOD is GOOD….ALL the TIME! Love you!

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    1. Aunt Debra – thank you for these words. God totally put that song in my heart early Sunday morning and we sang Through the Fire – unplanned in our service!!!! I love seeing how God is using you in this time and speaking to you. Please continue sharing and marching!!! Love you!

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  2. There it is again! Struggles! God has really been eating me up to give him my struggles! Not just one but ALL!! I am a control freak though God, I don’t want to give up that control…but my prayer today is to let go and let God. It’s not easy At All! But this is has been all I have been reading and hearing for days now! I prayed for God to tell me what to pray and he did, now it’s my turn! Great way to put it Starr!

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    1. I can totally relate to being a control freak! Thankful that God is speaking to you in the midst of your struggles. And so glad that you joined us on this journey! Keep commenting and sharing with us what you are learning 🙂

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