I’m not sure about you, but I pretty much underlined the entire chapter for Day 11!
With every sentence, it was like my being was jumping up and down saying, “YES, YES, YES! That’s exactly what I’ve been feeling these past 10 days!!”
Have you ever noticed that when you pray, coincidences happen? And when you don’t, they don’t. It’s more than coincidence; it’s providence. (pg 69 – Draw the Circle)
I want to be like the watchmen that he talks about in the Old Testament – the best vantage point, seeing what no one else sees, seeing things before others see them. I’m convinced that prayer IS the difference maker in my life. It changes me. It changes my perception. It changes my mood. It changes my entire being. It spills over into my family, my friends, my work.
Why did I wait so long to discover this?
If only I had understood how much effort I wasted over all these years trying to make life work on my own – not devoting the time and attention to seeking God first. I let too many excuses and ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ conversations in my head get the best of my life. I lived by striving to control it all – and I failed, miserably.
This is our season. The call to prayer is upon us. And I’m learning more everyday that prayer is more than just words spoken to God…
We often think of prayer as nothing more than words spoken to God, but maybe it’s more than that. Prayer is not a monologue; it’s a dialogue. We speak to God with everything from words to groans to thoughts. And God speaks to us through dreams, desires, promptings, impressions, and ideas. (pg 69 – Draw the Circle)
Earlier today I spent some time lingering a bit in the Word. I flipped open my Bible to the book of Psalms and started praying the words on the pages. I underlined in my red pen, I went back and forth over the emotions that pour from the lines. There are so many references to crying out to the Lord. That is where I want to live.
But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice.
-Psalms 55: 16-17
Here is my prayer over our team for today:
Lord, move in the midst of every single person on this journey to seek You. God, you have some of us in the thick of some REALLY tough situations. Give wisdom to the friend that is ministering to a teenager with a scheduled abortion this week. Give strength to the family with a son that needs rehab treatment. Wrap your arms around the young mom and son that are moving on and healing in the aftermath of a marriage that didn’t survive. Give provision to the college student that just moved across the country from his family to seek Your will for His life in Bible college. Stir the souls of those that we love the most that are the furthest from You. Restore relationships that are beyond our ability to fix. Most of all, I ask that you make us the watchmen. Help us to see what others around us can’t see. Help us to notice the divine opportunities and miracles that are ever present in our lives. Remove our spiritual cataracts. Amen!