Becoming brave in our prayers is not about coming to Him with big prayer request but it’s about coming before the throne of Grace knowing you are His beloved and He is your Daddy!
Have you seen the movie Remember the Titans?
There’s a scene where the player comes to the coach and tells him how things are going to go down. The coach responds by reminding him what team he is on and who is in charge. The coach gets to the heart of the matter and asks, “Who’s your daddy?”
I have often thought back to this scene. Wondering how God has often asked me this very question. As I shake in my boots and tell Him all the things that are robbing my joy and how He needs to get on making it better. As I strategize a battle plan He reminds me that He’s got this.
As I read over Isaiah 45 this morning I could hear him saying to me in His most gently but authoritative voice,
“Mari, who is your daddy?” Have you forgotten that I am the Maker of all things? Have you forgotten that I go before you? Mari, I will lead you, guide you and provide for you. Trust me, I am the Lord there is no other. I will strengthen you though you quickly forget to acknowledge me.
It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I commanded their starry hosts.” Isaiah 45:12
So often I forget His power and majesty. I forget who my Daddy is! I’m not talking about my earthly father but my Heavenly Father.
When I lose sight of who my Heavenly Father is I also lose sight of who I am in Him. When this happens things get all out of whack. My challenges and the problems in the world become bigger than my creator.
I have to remember when I come before Him that I’m not some beggar who eats crumbs off His table. I’m a daughter of the King and I have a place at His table. I’ve been adopted into His family and bought with His precious blood.
I need to stop approaching Him like a beggar and more like His daughter!
In Isaiah 45 he mentions Cyrus for some time I had no idea who he was or why he was mentioned a few times in these chapters. Well it turns out he was an emperor who was not a believer but God chose to use him to bring about His will. He reminds us through Cyrus that God has complete control over human history.
When things aren’t going well in our home I turn into control-freak-mama, and it’s not pretty. I come up with plans, ideas and strategies how I can “fix” it.
This my friends is my strength and my weakness.
It’s my strength because there is good in being intentional and not just letting life happen to you. It’s also my weakness because I quickly forget who my Heavenly Father is and what He can do.
In my planning ideas and strategies I lose sight of Him and my circumstances become bigger than Him. I get sidetracked as I share it with the world forgetting that I haven’t gone to the one who made the world.
Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?
Becoming Brave In Our Prayers
This statement “Becoming brave in our prayers” may sound like I’m talking about asking God for big things but I’m not, though there is room a place for this in prayer.
What I am talking about is entering into His presence with boldness because you know who your Daddy is. You are brave as you enter the throne of Grace because you’re a daughter of the King. You come before Him with your excited heart, your hurting soul and you know He listens because that’s what your Daddy does. You know when you need forgiveness you can always go to Him your Redeemer.
We have to pray with our eyes on God not our difficulties.” ~Oswald Chambers
I believe in prayer!
I’d like to think I’m a prayer warrior but there are days when I don’t go to Him. So I have committed to setting apart a time to pray for each one of my boys, my husband, the hurting, the world, missions, friends and my community through the month of October. I want to pray His truth for each of my boys and husband.
Here’s where my planning, strategic mind becomes a strength. I came up with a prayer schedule. I made a calendar with a 25 powerful verses on each day for the month of October. I’ve assigned a family member and a concern to each day of the week.
On that day I will spend time praying scripture for each family member and for the concern.
You want to join me?
Just click on the link at the end of this article to print off your October Scripture prayer Calendar and you’re all set! Feel free to share it with a friend and then you both can keep each other accountable for praying for your family.
How to Use the Prayer Calendar
Monday is Matthew 28:20 I will pray this verse for my son Ethan like this:
“Sweet Jesus, I’m reminded that you have created us with a purpose. I ask that you would remind Ethan today that you go before him and that you are always with him no matter how hard the task is that lies ahead. In Your name, amen.”
I will also pray for those who are hurting or need healing on Mondays for the rest of the month.
But if while I’m praying for my son Ethan on Monday and I remember that my husband is also needing a reminder that you go before Him then I will also pray for him on that day. And I will still pray for him on Thursday. The same goes for prayer concerns. I may need to pray for a friend or family member on Monday even though it says to pray for the the hurting and healing.
I’ve assigned names and concerns to each day so I have a plan and so I am intentional. I don’t just want to get stuck on my nightly general prayer asking God for the whole world and family.
–Monday– Hurting/Healing – (your child)
–Tuesday– World – (your child)
–Wednesday– Missions – (your spouse)
–Thursday– Friends/Family – (yourself)
–Friday– Community/Neighbors – (your child)
You can download your free printable here for the month of October: October prayer calendar final
As you go come before His presence in prayer remind yourself–“I’m a daughter of the King! I belong here!”
Moms it’s time we become bold in our prayers!
Update 10/3/2017: I realized that I want to keep a copy of the verses written out in my purse for when I’m waiting in traffic, at the checkout line, etc… I typed them out and I’m sharing them here with you in case you also would rather have the whole verse in front of you. You can download the free printable here: October Prayer verses 1