One of my 2017 goals is to kick up my prayer intensity. I was challenged by the statement that when we get to heaven, we will be bothered most by all the prayers we didn’t lift up – the times we could have moved the hand of God and didn’t try, the opportunities to pray something into existence but we didn’t engage God.
My mind can get flooded with a multitude of thoughts all at once or drift off to something obscure while in prayer. To remedy this, I have launched into the spiritual practice of journaling. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write down the revelation.”
I recently stumbled upon a prayer sheet of mine lodged in a devotional I used back in 2009. On it were some very significant issues in my life: financial problems, family matters, church challenges, personal angst. It was stunning because this list of serious, nearly impossible requests had been answered! There was the documentation of what God was doing in my life.
The truth is we have a natural tendency to remember what we should forget and forget what we should remember. When I was 16 years old, I was on my way home from football practice and saw a cool motorcycle. I flippantly told my Dad, “I want a motorcycle.” He said, “Motorcycle shops are closed on Mondays. We’ll have to go on Tuesday.” I thought nothing of his statement because I couldn’t get $5 out of him; I knew a motorcycle was not going to happen. Then when I got home on Tuesday, he asked, “Are you ready to go?” I said, “Go where?” He barked, “I thought you wanted a motorcycle?!” So we went down to the Triumph shop and he bought me a motorcycle on the spot.
The words of Jesus come to mind: “If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11).
Writing down your prayer requests in a journal adds an element of fun to your faith walk, as prayer become an opportunity to see how God will answer. Ask and be bold in your prayers because the adventure of faith is based on a God who longs to be gracious to His children.