A Prayer for Guidance

Not long ago, I posted a Prayer for Wisdom and since then, I’ve prayed it over and over again. I’ve received criticism about writing prayers recently, as some people feel that prayers should be words from your heart and not memorized mumbo jumbo. (What is mumbo jumbo exactly?) I hope that you realize that the prayers I write are words from my heart and the reason I write them is to offer a gift to God.

Think of it this way for moment. I love my husband more than I can possibly express. When I scribble a note to him, he enjoys it no doubt. But on special occasions, I buy a card with precisely crafted wording. I want him to know that I took extra time to find the words that express exactly how I’m feeling about him. I want him to feel loved and treasured because he knows that I mean every word I’m giving to him.

Writing prayers to God is taking the extra time to choose your words carefully to reveal the meaning of your heart.

So why do I share these prayers with you? The Bible is clear about the power of joining in prayer together. Jesus said:

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19

When we agree together in prayer, God answers. It’s just that simple.

That said, enjoy A Prayer for Guidance.

A Prayer for Guidance

Dear Father,
Thank you for being
The Almighty God who holds the entire world
And yet cradles my heart.
Today I humbly recognize the need for your guidance.
How I crave your presence to lead me.
Without your light to shine down,
The path is dim and unclear.
Without your voice to order my steps,
The journey is confusing and obscure.
Show me the movements to mirror your will.
Reveal the master blueprint as only you can;
So that I may boast in your glory and your plan.
Amen.

Have a thriving Thursday!
Rachel

a prayer for guidance

 

A Prayer for Boldness

Whether starting a small business, adopting a baby, or moving across state lines, acting on life’s big decisions requires significant character. Wisdom and understanding? Yes. Deep desire and passion? Yes. But one thing larger-than-life decisions require is completely undeniable.

That one trait? Boldness.

A little over a week ago, a friend and I sat down and talked about what God is doing in our lives and the current mission we believe God has us to do. She asked me about a few of the projects I believe God has placed on my heart and as we talked, I realized something. I had given my friend some of the ideas floating around in my head and some of them that have made their way to paper, but the truth is: I’m afraid to fully share my visions for ministry.

If you can’t even dare to tell someone your ideas, then how in the world will you ever see them come to life?

So my prayer for the last ten days or so has been for boldness. My guess is that you have a few life decisions of your own that require courage beyond your own, so I wanted to share this prayer for boldness with you.

A Prayer for Boldness

Dear Father,

When I think about the largeness of life,
I often feel small and unknown.
The task ahead hangs over me
And instead of enjoying the adventure,
I’m embracing the anxiety.
Jesus, help me be strong.
Oh that my heart would dare for you
With total abandonment of my inhibitions.
May your love abolish any fears
And exchange my wavering for unfaltering.
May your strength annihilate my feeble thoughts
And infuse my spirit with your power.
Give me the boldness to step forward
In full courage for your glory.
Because Your Word promises
that you began a good work in me
And you will complete it.
May I fully believe and treasure the promise.
Amen.

a prayer for boldness

 

 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

I hope you find mounds of courage and depths of bravery upon praying this prayer for boldness today!

Rachel

 

How to Find a Prayer Partner

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them. Matthew 18:20

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Have you ever wanted someone to pray with? Have you ever wished you could ask a friend to pray for you but no one came to mind? Maybe the problem wasn’t because you don’t know someone who prays regularly but you didn’t want to ask because it seemed like a “small” request. Perhaps you are new in your faith and you simply have not developed Christian friends you can ask to pray.

Many of the emails I receive through this site are prayer needs and requests. In the past couple months, I’ve fallen behind on answering emails and I felt badly when I started to try to catch up and realized how many prayer needs were sitting in my inbox. How wonderful would it be to have more folks we could ask to pray for and with us?  Today I am answering one of the reader email questions:

How can I find a good prayer partner? Someone who will pray for and with me as a team before the Lord?

I love this question because I believe the solution can be easier than we lead ourselves to believe. While there are many unique situations and relationships, today I wanted to explore a few tips on how to find a prayer partner- someone who will pray both for and with you as a friend.

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Idea 1 – Close Friends Who Live Near Each Other

A prayer partner relationship often begins with two people who really know one another. If you are already close friends, then you are starting at a great level, because most likely you have been vulnerable with one another before. She knows that you’re afraid of the dark and you know that she worries about having a car accident.

If you have a Christian friend with whom you are comfortable sharing basic needs, then this person is a great one with whom to discuss prayer needs. The advantage to living close to one another is that you will be able to arrange times to meet to pray or can naturally pray with each other whenever you see each other.

Idea 2 – Close Friends Who Live Apart

Close friends who live in different states or even different countries, in the case of missionaries or military, often can be prayer partners, especially in the current technology age. The many ways two friends who live apart from one another can join together include:

  • texting
  • email
  • Skype or Facetime
  • social media connections
  • old-fashioned handwritten letters

Idea 3 – Friends Who Barely Know One Another

Sometimes friends who barely know one another are hesitant to ask each other for prayer. If a connection is just beginning to form, then it can be difficult to be bold enough to take the first step in asking. But I would encourage you to begin praying for and with each other anyways, although the commitment should be at an introductory level. Some examples of ways to do this are:

  • Simply ask: “Could  we pray for one request for each other this week?” Praying for only one request will keep it easy to complete and yet you are providing accountability and encouragement for one another.
  • Agree to pray for one another on the same day for one week. “What do you think about praying for each other this Monday morning?” Then set a phone reminder and be intentional.
  • Acknowledge that while you don’t know how it might work out, you are looking for a prayer partner and wondering if this person might be wishing for someone to pray regularly with and for. If the answer is “no,” then choose to be open to whatever God has in the relationship.

Idea 4- Make a list of individuals and pray over it.

I believe God will give you the right person to be a prayer partner if you ask him for it. Begin with a few names on a piece of paper and ask God to show you who is the right one. Ask him to place this individual in your path and provide the wisdom to know without a doubt that you should ask to share one another’s prayer needs and thoughts.

Idea 5- Start a public prayer group in your home or at church or find a local prayer group.

Sometimes a public prayer group can be the beginning of a smaller prayer partnership. If you don’t feel close enough to anyone in your community to begin a prayer partnership, then start by attending or holding a prayer meeting. This step will allow you to join in with others in prayer and begin to build relationships through meeting regularly.

Idea 6- Check out MomsInPrayer.

Moms in Prayer is a wonderful organization that joins mothers together in prayer. This organization offers all different ways to find a group in your local area. (formerly known as Moms In Touch.)

Regardless of which idea you choose, finding a prayer partner can be a wonderful way to build your prayer life and encourage your faith. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find someone immediately. Just explore the options available to you and experiment with the ideas listed above. God answers prayer and is drawing you closer to him even through the process of how to find a prayer partner.

I’d love to hear about your prayer partnerships today! Could you answer one of the following questions in the comments today?

How did you meet your prayer partner?

How do you track your prayer requests if you have a prayer partner?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Have a marvelous Monday!

Rachel