September 1, 2014
ON PURPOSEFULLY PRAYING.
Nearly a month ago, I started out on an unplanned prayer project. I'd heard of people doing 30 day prayer challenges but never really put much thought into starting one because I had a prayer journal and I was comfortable with my daily routine.
But I found myself changing it up without even thinking about it. I've seen God do so much work in my life and in the work of others and knew that my relationship with Him could only be better and stronger than what it was and is today. I was challenged in a blog post or devotional to really dig into the Bible, to spend more time with God, to really take my relationship with Him on a new level.
So I decided to do the complete opposite of what I've done with singleness lately. Instead of completely putting it on the backburner, I made it something I would intentionally pray about and journal about every single day for a month.
I went into it thinking that it would only make things worse, but God had other plans for me. He worked in me and let me just pour out every thought, every worry, every doubt I've had in terms of my appearance, my self-worth, my trust issues, my patience, and so much more. I let tears pour out, I let my fears come out from the bottom of my heart, and I let Him work in me.
I didn't go into it thinking that I would grow, but I'm finding that I am and have. I'm no where near perfect, but it's a challenge and one that I know has helped me in more ways than one.
So what are your thoughts on prayer? Have you ever completed a 30 day prayer challenge? Or prayed with a theme or purpose (for lack of a better word)?