12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.Jeremiah 29:12 NIV
Welcome to the Word over World Series! Here we will discuss different ways to intentionally be in the Word before jumping into the world. Today we are discussing how I prefer to spend my time in prayer!
My prayer life has looked very different as I have grown and as I face many seasons of uncertainty and inconsistency. I want to talk about the small ways and the larger ways I connect with the Lord. Please remember as your read that:
He doesn’t require ANYTHING but our best and our WHOLE heart. ⠀
We need to listen to Him and allow Him to convict our hearts about how He wants us to delight in Him. Your time in His Word may look different each season, and that’s okay.
Prayer is our way to communicate with God, yet somehow I find that I procrastinate taking the time to pray or would rather “choose another form” of being in His Word. I have come to the conclusion that the reason this is the hardest is because the enemy doesn’t want me in direct communication with the Lord- so of course he is going to try to keep me from it! That is why it is so important to choose spending time in and with the Truth rather than following our fleeting feelings.
I make it a goal to “welcome Him into everyday” whether that be a quickly praying in the morning to welcome Him into my day, spending time praying for others, praying over what’s on my heart in my write the word journals, quiet time as a couple, or praying through the brokenness. I am going to explain how I like to address each of these.
Welcoming Him into my Day
Everyday I aim to start with Him, I want Him apart of my day. He is always with us, but I like to invite Him in. God is not only our Creator, Redeemer, and Father, but He is also our friend. I always want to make sure I make my friends feel welcomed as we go through life together to ensure they don’t feel like I’m expecting them to follow me around; God is my friend and I want Him to know I am so grateful that He is with me.
This tends to be the easiest way to start prayer off in the morning, but it also tends to be the easiest to forget in the morning shuffle. I encourage you to set reminders on your phone or put a sticky note on your phone to help you remember. I mention the sticky note because that way you don’t even look at your phone’s notifications before you pray. This doesn’t have to be a long drawn out prayer- He wants our hearts not a box on our to do list checked.
Praying over Others
Prayer is our most powerful tool not just for our lives, but for others as well.
I have had seasons where I have been able to spend 20-30 minutes in prayer going through every “category” I created daily; there are also seasons where 90% of the time I just place my hand over my list and ask God to bless those on this list and give each of them what they need. I have been in the latter of the two seasons and am trying to find a middle ground by taking things one category at a time.
For me personally I have 8 categories and here are some examples:
- Family: immediate family, in-loves, grandparents, family relationships and fruitful communication
- Friends: close friends, church family, and other spoonies
- Church + Community: our church leadership (pastors and elders), the chronic illness community, racial reconciliation, our country + world leaders, my medical team, and other ministries
- Our Marriage: our communication skills, wise stewardship over our finances, and that He would help us as a team to continue to learn how to maintain my body
- My Body + Heart: that I would be filled with His joy, find my self worth + identity in Him, He would reveal Himself to me, convict my heart + forgive me, that I would do all things as an act of worship, remember what He has said to me, and for peace + strength to face each day in this broken body
- Our Future: I would look for AND SEE His hand in everything, my plants growth, Jared’s career, we will stay brave, opportunities to be mentored and led by others, and that I wouldn’t miss out on all He has in store for me
- Ministry: that He would speak life through me, use my social media wisely, that He would give me His Words and directions as I lead, and that He would grow something bigger than me
- Bold Prayers: this section is used for the things I desire but deem “impossible,” but I know He can do anything and we are told to present all our requests to Him. I don’t want to get to heaven and have Him say, “look at all I would have blessed you with had you asked Me.”
Another way that I pray for others is by posting a prayer box on my instagram stories to encourage and lift up others.
On My Heart Prayer Page
After completing the Scripture section of the Write the Word Journal, you have space to journal what’s on your heart. You can use this space for prayers, tracking His faithfulness, digging into the verse context- whatever is on your heart that day is meant for this space. This is a great space to reflect on the scripture that was given, and to then give the Lord your thoughts and heart.
Want to learn more about this devotional journal? Read about them here!
Quiet Time as a Couple
The way that Jared and I spend time with the Lord is by planning quiet time before bed. We will sometimes read Scripture, but mainly we take a breath, hold hands, and spend time in prayer together. Some nights, one of us might be really discouraged so the other will just pray, but more often than not we each say a prayer together. This is a wonderful way to start and/or end our days.
Praying Through the Brokenness
This is how the Lord and I find ourselves meeting quite regularly. When I am discouraged, empty, and worn down, I am learning to run straight to Him. This life is overwhelming; when I am sobbing and feeling hopeless, I am trying to make my first reaction be prayer. Reaching out and embracing support is important, but sometimes I just need Him. Whether I pray silently, in a whisper, or by typing it out I give all my tears and worries to Him. Then typically I will embrace physical support from my husband and my close circle. Jared I also helping me with this and when I am just overwhelmed to a breakdown, he will help me breathe, hold my hand, and he will pray for the situation, the anxiety surrounding, and for overwhelming peace.
Cassie Nolin is a married spoonie who lives the chronic illness life with EDS + Co. (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it’s comorbid conditions.) She challenges others to choose grace over guilt in goal setting, and is in ministry part time serving the online community through The Spoonie Study. She loves planting, hand lettering, and sharing the hope she has found in Jesus. Her blog, Living the Chronic Illness Life, is in the top 100 chronic illness blogs and her podcast, Chronically Cultivating, is produced by Speaking to the Heart Network. Cassie encourages women to live authentic and intentional lives through their diagnosis’ not in spite of them. You can learn more about her at www.livingthechronicillnesslife.com
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