This is/was the first morning I could sleep in with no breakfasts to cook in many days. Really feels good. At the moment no one is scheduled in for tonight either, so we have another day before a big weekend stretch.
My brain is just beginning to function again, so I have much running thru the tree tops. Last weekend's activity with so many different people, brought me to another level of understanding of how unique and different we all are. It's a much deeper level than before, and I'm seeing it combined with the fact that all us different folks are all at different points in the journey.... and how we all need to work hard at walking together regardless where we are in that process of growing into God.
One of the areas where I've seen that, is when I share the story about the impact on our lives from reading John Eldredge's book Waking the Dead. (You can read about that in the December archives starting on December 20)
The struggles I went thru to get to the place where I would again read thru a rote prayer were all very real. The struggles came because of where I was in the journey. I began to think about all the different times I wrestled with taking the next step in Him over the past 40 years. The positive thing in all the struggling is that I have never regretted taking the next step. It has always brought me closer to Jesus.
Most people just love hearing the results of my story.......it's how we got there by praying this prayer, that's the one that has all kinds of fireworks that get set off in our heads.....sure did in mine. :)
I must confess that prior to this, in spite of thinking I was one of God's great prayer warriors, my actual prayer life was pretty poor, always distracted, relatively short, constantly rationalized and pretty ineffective. I remember one of the father's of the faith writing about a conference he gave on prayer to ministers and asking how much time they spent in prayer. He looked for raised hands for an hour or more daily, had to drop to a half hour, got a smattering of hands at 15 minutes and finally most admitted it was 5 minutes or less....sounds like somebody I know really well. :)
This prayer has changed all that. My life has changed. The results have changed. I still battle the distractions but that is changing slowly but surely. Anyway, I felt like it was time to at least make my prayer available to anyone interested (with apologies to John Eldredge for plagiarizing much of what started all this) Any folks on the journey who want to take a little leap into the battle....welcome aboard. This is prayer to declare truth to principalities and powers and help bring the Kingdom of God to be manifested here in the kingdom of darkness......beginning in me. It is not some magic prayer to get things from God. It will mean some real discipline and hard work. Warfare is hard work. My hope is that it will help more of us to get seriously engaged in His battle.
The daily prayer page to your right will give you a link to download a word document which has the most recent version of the prayer. Enjoy the battle....it's an important part of enjoying the journey.