I received a fantastic text this morning! It was from my daughter, Elisa. “How can I pray for you today?”
Wow, I thought. I don’t remember ever receiving a text from her like this. Instantly, I felt courage. Courage, value, love, and a vivid sense that I had a covering over me for the day.
When we pray, we exhibit some of what Paul meant when he wrote, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)
Prayer keeps us in relationship with God. Prayer is this vehicle by which we hear God and we share with Him our heart’s desires. Prayer helps us pray the will of God. Prayer is our lifeline to God. Through prayer we commune with the Creator of the Universe. Through prayer we are reminded of His power to take care of anything that concerns us.
Do you have this lifeline? You can.
Recently, I was invited to join a group of women to pray for three influential women in our state, women who have very, very different perspectives than I do when it comes to life. I won’t go into details, but I will say that this community of godly women has committed to pray for these three leaders for an entire year. How exciting to pray specifically for three women who I do not know personally.
When we pray for people outside of our familiar circles, we place value, high value, on them. What does my prayer life reveal about my values? Who is receiving the most attention in my prayer life?
What a beautiful discipline for us all! How might God move in the lives of women on whom we have placed so much value that we regularly take them to God?
What would happen if groups of us got together and prayed specifically for two or three women? As we start May, let’s start with prayer. And let’s be intentional about it. Think about two or three women that you would commit to praying for this year. Ask God to give you the names. Ask Him to direct you as you pray. You might even want to let them know so they can share personal requests with you. Or you might want to just keep it to yourselves.
What might God do over the course of these 12 months of focused prayer for these women?