We are SO excited to start this Devotional Series with you for the next 2 weeks- all about Finding Our Way to God’s Presence. As young women, our lives are constantly changing, transitioning and full of decisions. Can I get an Amen?! We’re growing, we’re learning, we’re Becoming. But in the middle of it all- we have to have our safe place. The Presence of God.
The Presence of God is the ONLY place that is completely safe, completely loving, yet also gives us exactly what we need when we need it. We want to empower and resource you, #becomingtribe, to learn how to Find Your Way to God’s Presence in different ways in the middle of your journey.
Wow, that just hit me right in the chest. Can I get really honest with you #becomingtribe? I’m so guilty of not being persistent. Prayer is one of the most intimate ways that we can encounter God’s presence. Jesus made time for it. Jesus knew it’s worth. It’s powerful and so crucial in this journey of Becoming the woman God called us to be.
And yet here I find myself, oh so often, just praying here and there as if it’s just an optional “cherry on the top” of this Christian Life- when really it’s a building block of Finding Our Way to the Only Living God!
Anyone with me?! So I ask myself why aren’t I persistent in prayer?
My answer, and I know you may be able to relate with me, is because I’m so extremely selfish and so easily caught up in my “busyness”. It’s harsh. It’s the truth, and friends it’s an excuse from the Enemy.
Anyone else ever feel like prayer that actually works has to come from a Christian who has it all together? Or experience the feeling that if we’ve spent too much time away from Him, that spending time in prayer will only bring condemnation?
The enemy would love to hinder us from experiencing the sweet intimate presence of God, any way that he can. But oh friends, the love and strength and steadfastness of God’s love for us surpasses every hindrance in the enemy’s play book!
Prayer wasn’t meant to be only for the eloquent. It’s for you, and me, at any time. ANY. But how do we position ourselves to find His presence in prayer?
We allow ourselves to be free. Be brave and come to God in prayer as the full version of you. Get to a quiet place, even if it’s just quieting your spirit in a crazy environment. Take a deep breath. And let it all go. Express your feelings, your thoughts- ask Him for what you feel you need.
And then. Just sit and listen. Power in prayer comes when we realize that prayer isn’t for God- it’s for us. God knows exactly what we need emotionally and physically. Let him know how youre feeling- get it off your chest- but always allow yourself to trust that what God chooses to do in your situation is the best answer to your prayer.
It’s time we get back to our first love, friends. It’s time to start seeking God so that His heart can become ours. It’s time to start praying more consistently. Our hearts need to know He hears us and is faithful, even if it looks differently than we hoped. We need to know God and feel Him in every season. So that our faith can be built up.
Today’s Challenge: Let’s go deeper together. Comment your answer to this question below &I we will chat back with you! What is holding me back from being persistent in prayer?! Then take 15 minutes this week to get alone and be Free with God in prayer. Talk, listen, receive and trust! And see what He has to say to you.
Makaela & Lanissa