Each January I pick a new word or phrase that points to what I want to bring into my life that year. I have found it to be a successful way to live intentionally. It provides enough time to explore this new concept and put it into practice. Past words have been “boundaries,” “problem solving,” “confidence,” and most recently “create” in 2014. (The word for 2015 is still up in the air!)
This January I am giving you the tools you need to use this practice to improve your journey in 2015. Last week I discussed the importance of living intentionally and creating the life you want rather than just hoping it falls into your lap. This second article is dedicated to praying over your path.
The power of prayer is very real. I’ve seen in at work. I’ve been witness to miraculous healings of the mind, body, and soul as a direct result of prayer. I’ve even experienced personal spiritual healing and serenity as a direct result of prayer.
Praying for God’s Path
The most significant changes and healings come when I stop praying for my own desires, and start praying for God’s desires for my journey. The life and plan He has for me is light years more exciting and fulfilling than anything I could dream up, anyway. From His mighty perspective He sees the beginning and the end and every possibility in between – who am I to argue with that knowledge?
Revelation 1:8 quotes the Lord who says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega–the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come–the Almighty One.”
We each have a role in God’s great love story to the world. That role is aligned with the Godly desires of your heart. If you surrender to His will and follow that Godly desire you will find yourself helping others and contributing to His love story in your own unique way. This requires seeking God and asking for His plan through prayer.
Mark 8:36 “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”
Praying for Others
I find one of the most fascinating effects of prayer to be its power to change the object of the prayer as much as the person praying.
On more than one occasion when I’ve prayed for my enemy, I have inadvertently prayed for myself as well. I ask God to soften their heart, and my heart is immediately softened too. I ask God to help them to be slow to anger, and my anger is curbed. I ask God to allow their eyes to be opened to the reality of the situation, and my eyes are opened to new perspectives as well.
I’m convinced the giver and receiver of prayer are inextricably linked in the process. A prayer is like a pebble thrown into a pool of water. Its ripples are not constrained to one direction. They spread out in a full 360 degrees around the pebble. Not only do the ripple effects head outward toward the object of prayer, but back toward the praying person as well. God’s living water expands and travels outward touching both hearts at once.
Praying for Your Path
I believe a similar experience occurs when we pray for our future self. As I ask God to go before me and guide my path toward His will, I can feel my personal desires stepping back in the present. I ask for the doors that might harm me to be shut, I feel my acceptance of past disappointments growing. When I ask God that the doors to His will would be wide open with bright lights and arrows, my courage to walk through those doors grows.
Logic tells us we must create the future because we cannot see it. But do not get caught in the trap of thinking your future lies solely on your shoulders. This is a faith journey with the Lord – He is before you, with you, and behind you. Prayer is the link between the seen and the unseen and between logic and faith.
Continuous prayer will always be to your advantage.
Last week, I asked you to think about the word of phrase you want to focus on bringing into your life in 2015. You may have your word already, or you may be stuck and clueless. Either way, praying over your path is the best way to experience your future.
Here is a prayer for your journey:
I know you are behind me, with me and ahead of me, watching over me and helping me at all times. Thank you for being my constant companion. I ask that you would make known to me Your will for my journey. I have faith that You will give me the desire to surrender and carry out Your will. Please go before me and smooth the way as I transition into new ways of thinking and acting this year. Show me, without a doubt, the direction you have for me and bring me the courage to walk on that path. I ask that you would bring people and resources along the way to help the transition so that You may be glorified in this process.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
|Ginny Priz is a Christian coach, writer and speaker. Ginny has overcome her own drama with a birth defect, alcohol, panic disorder, and codependency. She has a passion for guiding others toward the same peace and freedom she has come to experience. Ditching drama is possible for anyone “armed” with God and the Serenity Prayer! It’s never too late to start your own Serenity Journey.|