Four years ago I received an invitation to a prayer meeting from a new friend. Our family had recently moved to Columbus, and I was able to connect with a blogger I deeply admired. We quickly developed a meaningful friendship, and she had invited me to this get-together.
I sat quietly on the couch wringing my hands with my heart racing. I always avoided praying out loud because I never thought my words could be good enough. I wanted to sound like those worship leaders and prayer warriors at church. Their words were strong, elegant, and full of passion.
My prayers sounded more like, Uh, Lord, help me through this day… thank you for our food, help me sleep better, protect my kids, help me be a better person….
As I listened to the prayers of the ladies at the meeting, I asked God to teach me to pray. My turn came, and honestly I do not remember one word I said. But that meeting sparked a desire in me to learn how to effectively pray over my family, myself and others.
Rachel began teaching me how prayer changes our hearts, and I listened to prayers in church to understand the sequence and language used.
I noticed their prayers included scripture, which intrigued me. I knew very few bible verses by heart, so I began reading the bible more to understand what people were quoting.
I began praying out loud with my kids at bed time when they were hurt or scared and when I needed help with life’s surprises.
Our little family started praying over dinner, whileI continued to gain courage in using my words to show God how I appreciated him, to ask for forgiveness and protection, to lift my family and friends up, and to ask for strength to mother my children.
God began to change my life when I started to give more of myself to him through prayer, daily choices, and my surrender to learn how to give up my own ways.
Praying became more about asking God what I could do for him and others instead of what God could do for me.
When I gathered with friends at my house or in public I felt more and more comfortable praying over them out loud. Some were surprised when I offered, but no lady has ever turned me down.
Women who gather together to share lives and stories, who remain vulnerable and open, and lift one another up are rising to the holy cause of an all-powerful God.
He knows all of your emotions, fears, excitement, and pain. What God desires more than anything else is to hear from you, and to watch you grow in your faith. Prayer helps you realize just how much your Heavenly Father loves your mess and the messy people around you.
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Below is a prayer to get you started!
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A Prayer to Help Deepen Your Prayer Life
You are the almighty God who created me from dust.
I praise you for being the One who made everything.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally, and sending
your son to die for me. Today I pray for courage to begin
a new and refreshed prayer life. I want to learn how to
pray for others out loud, to pray for your will to be done,
not mine. I ask for your protection as I reach out to discover
more about my faith and your plan. Thank you for who are and
what you will do in my life.
In Jesus’ name,
Let’s Talk: Do you desire a deeper relationship with God through prayer? Can you share an experience with prayer that changed your view of praying out loud?