Studio time today had me completing this work I started yesterday, already having insight into how it could look when finished, but not knowing for sure until it was finished. Each week for me this time in the studio is reflecting on prayer. Church today, through worshipping in song and worshipping through the word feeds this journey.
Truth be told, I am a sporatic and eclectic prayer. I don’t have a formular that I wake up to and do. Often when I wake up it’s a “thanks God for the new day” that I surrender to him, cause He’s gonna do what He’s gonna do. I pray his strength for this day as I already start to move. During the day it’s often a free-for-all kind of event, whoever pops into my heart gets first surrender to God. I don’t need to know your stuff for me to be interceding for you. This is probably to most power thing I know about prayer. I don’t need to know your stuff, to pray for you. It is really more about the posture of my heart than needing to know your stuff.
Sometimes I’m driving when this happens, sometimes I am making breakfast, working in the studio, working at work, walking in a gallery, going for a walk in the actual sun, in the supermarket, or sitting quietly somewhere. Know this one thing, if you have been placed on my heart, if I send you a message that you are prayed for, I literally have stopped and prayed. I was challanged a long time ago by a comment posted about messages we send to eath other and how a quick message, “thinking of you, praying for you” would be the closest to praying we actaully did. So I took it on as an opportunity to grow my prayer life. I only send messages to those I pray for if I’ve been promted to do both. Sometimes, most times it’s just the prayer. Sometimes long prayers, sometimes short, sometimes groans, often tears, but whatever way I have prayed I know the Holy Spirit will interceded and this is the way I pray.
FYI I also won’t send you a message if I am driving while praying for you….or close my eyes.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16 -18 (ESV) we are instructed to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
This is echoed in Luke 18:1 (NIV) in the persistent widows story, to always pray and not give up.
Ephesians 5:20 (ESV) continues with praying with “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So my glib start to the day, hey Heavenly dad, thanks for the day is not the end of my prayer, but the opening/continuation of what I went to bed with and leaving the dialogue open for the day. I’m also not great at focusing on this as circumstances are so persistent and that like this artwork shows, I can often focus on the dry bones of what could be unanswered prayer, rather than the birth of truth, hope and life I get everytime I nurture my prayer life. I need to let go of what I think I know about my circumstances and about God and allow myself to be transformed by prayer. Not just doing it but actually making time for it. Being proactive. All the other ways I pray are good, but I always feel I never pray enough.
What’s your prayer life look like?