Think about what you pray about most often. For me, my most frequent prayers are for safety and guidance, especially as it relates to my kids and husband. Every time I pray in a moment of desperation or concern, I always feel God asking me, “Why am I only just now hearing from you?” But sometimes when I pray without an apparent crisis at hand, I find myself wondering what to say. And truthfully, there’s no wrong way to pray. I believe one of the purposes of prayer is to build our relationship with God, as opposed to a way to summon a magic genie.
Our bottom line from last weekend’s message was: Our soul is nourished when we pray “Point me.” A prayer that points us to purpose will nourish our souls.
Matthew 9:37 (emphasis added)
37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
I recently stayed at a small farmhouse through VRBO. The owner lived next door, and part of their barn and pond were located behind the property on which we stayed. Given that I’ve always lived in the city, this lifestyle fascinates me. Each morning, the owners were out early to feed their animals and let them out to roam. And at night, they returned to care for them. I noticed that when they took on the land and animals, they were committing to being all-in for this work.
Last weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder pointed out that in the verse above, Jesus knew that those who were tasked with harvest go into it knowing it will be hard work and the primary focus of their day. But instead of telling them in this metaphor to pray for relief from the work, Jesus told them to pray for more workers. He told them to stay focused on the task.
God wants us to go all-in with him, seeking to do his work and telling others about his love. When we pray, seeking to know our purpose, God changes us.
Change happens when we take steps on the spiritual journey:
- Know God
- Find freedom
- Discover purpose
- Make a difference
As he changes us, it changes those around us. He can take our mess and turn it into a message for others. Spiritual vision will allow you to see beyond just yourself.
How comfortable are you in asking God to reveal his purpose for you? Are you ready to hear his answer?
Where would you say you are on your spiritual journey?
Check out the book, The Jesus-Centered Life by Rick Lawrence. Here he maps out what life looks like when you focus on getting to know God.
21 Days of Prayer: Day 17
Dear God, today we lift up our nation. We humble ourselves, seek you first, and turn from anything that would separate us from you. Lord, give us the wisdom necessary to unite us. Let our nation be a light to our world and a testament to you. We pray this in Jesus’ name—amen.
This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a blogger at GratefulSheep.com and a stay-at-home mom and wife. She loves writing for this team, and she hopes to help convey God’s message through this study.
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