I’m grateful for prayer. We prayed for Kaelyn Grace for 23 years. And. She was born 5 weeks and 1 day ago. As the years passed, I never thought the answer was no; however, there were times my confidence that a baby would be born decreased as the years passed. If, I could’ve seen what we see now, I would’ve believed more than ever that God’s power was being released each time we prayed.
The thing is . . . if, we understood God disperses power through prayer . . . there would be more individuals praying and less people battling with anxiety and worry.
When we refuse to let the distractions of the day keep us from praying, when we seek God first, when we stop to be still and know God, when we ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, we have the opportunity to experience the “thin” place, where we step away from the weight and pressure of this universe into the reality of the dimension of heaven.
The Apostle Paul made it clear not to worry about anything and to pray about everything with thanksgiving:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).
The connection of gratefulness and prayer is clear.
It makes sense–as the unstoppable and limitless power of God is released through prayer–there’s a shift in the atmosphere, there’s a change within and we come to the place of realizing there’s no reason to worry and there’s every reason to give thanks.
But. It requires us to stop and pray. The main thing to learn about prayer is to pray more and to do it with intentional and relentless gratitude.
Challenge: Enter into the thin place that resides between heaven and earth. Pray with intentional and relentless gratitude each time you feel anxiety coming at you. Pray more than you ever have prayed. Begin and end praying with a thank-you.
Learning to Kickstart the day with intentional and relentless gratefulness for the unstoppable and limitless power released through prayer,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)