Brothers and Sisters! GOD IS REAL!
Can I get an AMEN?!
I’m so excited to share how God has been speaking to me lately!
As I set out to read through the Bible with a 1 year thematic plan, prayer was something that was really on my heart and mind. Before I became born again, growing up as a “christian” I had a pretty sucky, minimalist, and sometimes non-existent prayer life.
When God opened my eyes to just how important prayer is, I wanted to know what to pray about/for beyond the basics (family, friends, etc.). Also, I knew that I needed to pray biblically about godly things, not simply what my flesh desired. That’s when God’s Word comes in very handy (isn’t it always). There is SO MUCH stuff to pray about in the Bible! Especially when you read the apostle’s letters to different churches (it’s a goldmine for prayer ideas to copy).
There is something really powerful about praying the scriptures.
When I began to read the book of Ephesians with this great idea in mind (inspired by Holy Spirit no doubt), in the first chapter I came across a prayer Paul prayed for believers in that city.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19)
When I read that I thought to myself, If Paul prayed that for those believers then it must be important and I should pray this for myself. Plus it’s about knowing God more and I definitely want to!
The funny thing is I can even remember telling Jesus that I had no idea how this prayer would come into effect or when but only that I truly desired what it implied. I could not even begin to imagine how He would “enlighten my heart” and after praying that prayer a few times several weeks ago, I didn’t give it much thought after that.
As I continued to study the Word chapter by chapter, one thing led to another and I found myself dwelling on a certain topic and really waiting on the Holy Spirit to make it more clear to me. Usually I know He wants me to focus on a certain topic when it makes me feel particularly uncomfortable, mind-blown, frustrated, you get the idea. I’m beginning to learn that if something challenges my little ideas of who God is or what His will is, if it troubles me spiritually… then I shouldn’t ignore it. It’s important to continue to pursue His revelation and peace concerning whatever that thing is. Ignorance is NOT bliss.
At one point I decided to do a sleep fast in order to focus more on that topic and seek clarity. Towards the end of the night pieces started coming together. I started to understand. (Though I’m still currently just processing everything because God is so mind-blowing.)
As I was turning through my notes I randomly came across a list of the prayers I copied from Ephesians. I was overwhelmed with a realization that God was very obviously answering the first prayer I had prayed, word for word. The Holy Spirit was speaking to me. I could clearly see Him directing my study of His word.
This isn’t the first time this happened, but every time it does I get extremely excited! It’s kinda a million times better than getting a text reply from your crush.
HE JUST SPOKE TO ME! THIS IS SO COOL!
Seriously nothing can compare to the joy of being heard by the King of Kings and getting a reply. Nothing can compare to the joy of getting a chance to see into His heart and learn something new about Him. Nothing.
My desire is that you would know this joy, if you don’t already.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.