September 15, 2013
GIRL TALK | THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON
Last Wednesday, I hopped on a plane and flew up to Boston to visit AJ for the week. It was 9/11, and after watching documentaries about that fateful day during the earlier part of the week with my parents, I'll admit I was a bit nervous to fly. I've flown the Philly-Boston corridor more times than I can count and really, I've never been afraid to step on a plane. But something about last Wednesday, the weight of the significance of that date, the realization that no one else who stepped on their respective planes that day twelve years ago knew their fate, it just made me a little nervous.
I took my seat on board and got out my iPad and headphones and book in preparation, and then I took a moment to do what I always do when I get on a plane...I prayed. Except, this time, my prayer was different. It was more powerful and more passionate.
I've been learning a lot about prayer over the past few months. When my dad first received his diagnosis back in May, we immediately gathered family and friends at our church for a time of prayer over him. Then, we started making weekly appointments with our church's Healing Ministry, and every Wednesday night, we gathered with a team who encouraged us with scripture when we felt despair and celebrated our joys when we received news.
Growing up in the church, I always thought I knew how to pray. I carefully listened to my pastors and youth leaders pray over the years, and picked up phrases and formulas for what I thought "good" prayers sounded like. Eventually, my prayers became my own and became more authentic. But it wasn't until this summer that I realized that God wants us to claim things in prayer.
Claiming my dad's healing and banishing the enemies of death and disease takes courage and faith beyond measure. It requires prayers that you can stand behind 100%, believing completely that what you're praying will become reality. God requires bold prayers of us, and it's a pretty awesome thing to pray boldly, and to have the freedom to come before your savior humbly praising His name while boldly asking for Him to move in big ways. And what's even greater is when you can look at your life and praise Him for answering those prayers.
My challenge for you this week is this: pray, and pray boldly. No matter what you're dealing with, what you desire, find Scripture verses that you can pray over, for there's nothing more powerful than praying and claiming God's promises in Scripture. Learning to pray with a boldness takes time, practice, and courage...find some people who can pray with you and can teach you what praying boldly means. And gather with other believers, because there's no greater thing than sharing your sorrow and joys with others who can encourage you along this walk.