“The War Room” movie has ignited a desire in many women to pray like never before! It is true that the praying woman has a powerful ministry and today, my friend Kaylene encourages us to our own ministry of prayer. Let’s do this!
It bothered me how my prayers seemed more desperate, shorter and surface than what I knew they should be.
As my days raced by faster and faster, I felt like I was bringing up the rear end of a herd of turtles racing uphill through the sand. The harder I tried the behinder I got, as the saying goes.
And sadly, my prayers got fewer and fewer.
Sure, throughout the day I lift short three to five word prayers,
“Lord, I need patience now!”
“Father, give me grace.”
“Jesus, protect them.”
“Jesus, heal my child.”
But, while our Father hears both the prayer on the fly and the prayer on our knees, prayer isn’t meant to be something we do only when we are desperate or weary.
Prayer needs to be a priority. It’s a ministry, really. One that no woman can afford to overlook.
Prayer strengthens when we are weakest.
Prayer brings joy when life is bleakest.
Prayer is His invitation for us to pursue and nourish a relationship with the Lover of our soul, provider of life.
When we pray we tap into the very power we are designed to function in. The Lord is our shepherd, our feeder. He is the source of our greatest strength. He is the fuel for our spirit, the caffeine in our coffee, if you will!
Prayer is the lifeline through which we get to know Him and experience His power.
He has not left us ill advised or incapable of reaching Him, either.
We are instructed to “always pray and do not give up.” Luke 18:1
In other places we are told to devote ourselves to prayer (Col.4:2) and to “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrew 4:1
Still other places we are shown how to pray and why to pray.
In Ezekiel 22:30-31 the Lord says, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. So I will pour out My wrath on them and consume them with My fiery anger, bringing down on their heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
In a our homes, the hearts of it’s inhabitants is the land we need to build a wall of prayer around.
Dear mamas, we need to prepare for a battle like no other. We are not fighting against flesh and blood. We are fighting against powers and darkness of the evil world.
Our prayers are a mighty force in fighting for our home and the hearts in it.
We may not get this parenting thing right every time. We may not have our wifely role down pat just yet, but we have the mighty sword of prayer that we can wield and wave around at anything that dares overtake us.
Really, the ultimate battle is for our own faith. If the enemy thinks he can get to our faith by exhausting us with feelings of insufficiency and weariness, he’ll try it.
If he thinks he can get to our faith or our family member’s faith by attacking our health, our marriage, our children, our home or livelihood, he’ll try it.
But by standing in prayer, placing ourselves in the gap through Jesus Christ, we bridge the expanse from what we are struggling with to how the Lord wants to move in our own hearts and the hearts of our homes.
So, how do you start a prayer ministry? My best tip is to simply start praying Scripture. I like to have a stash of Scripture prayer cards to pray through during my prayer time. I’ll start with one or two. then, I can continue praying these scriptures throughout the day.
To get you started, you might find these free resources helpful:
I hope these resources help you start and grow your very own prayer ministry.
Kaylene Yoder is just a girl with a sword, a shield and a strong cup of coffee. She finds her first ministry to be in her home living out her calling of wife and mother. In her spare time she writes to encourage women to thrive well in their current roles. Be it through sweet encouragement or an occasional dose of humor or spunkiness, her goal remains the same… to point women to the Lord.