DAY 9: 10-Day Prayer Challenge

A day without coffee…what was I thinking!  Drinking coffee has been something that is still relatively new to my system, I was able to survive without it up until I had my beautiful third child.  Three kids rocked my world in more of an earthquake sense than an actual exciting experience.  My reliance on this liquid drug has been connecting more with my productivity and energy level than I would like it to.  So yesterday, I had the grand idea when I woke up to just go without it.

I was not prepared for the result, the lack of production that took place in our house, and the irritability of Mom walking into a room.  Something was missing, something major.  I just didn’t feel myself.  My husband even joked with me in the evening and said he had just had a cup of coffee if I wanted to smell his breath to just be near the scent of it.

I went yesterday without something that my body was used to and something that my jesus and coffee
body has a noticeable difference when it isn’t included in my day.

My optimistic self woke up yesterday with this grand idea, but today’s Emily enjoyed a morning cup of coffee and the energy that came with it.

Have you ever considered if your spiritual life is similar?  That when we go through a season where we include God in our lives, are reading our Bibles applicably and praying fervently, that when we go without it something feels missing.

Prayer effects and impacts your life, point-blank, it’s that simple.  When you don’t brush your teeth there is a noticeable difference, without a shower there is a stench that goes along with that, and when we don’t include conversation and inclusion of God in our everyday lives there will be a difference.  You will feel it and your friends will notice it.

cup overflows verseMy anti-coffee campaign only lasted one day.  Maybe I will try it again another day, but for this week, one day was all I could handle.  Don’t let today be the day you go without the centrality of prayer in your life, or if yesterday was that day for you, make today the day you start again.  Here’s help as we jump into getting close to 10 days of intentional prayer together:

Lord Jesus, 

You are Lord of all the earth and yet you know my name.  You are great, you are grand, you are glorious, and yet you sit by my side and care for my heart.  I am thankful for you God.  Not just for what you have done or what I know you will do, I praise you for being the God that you are, and the God I never want to stop drawing closer to.  Bring me in closer today as I renew my heart to form it more like yours. 

Infect me.  May I feel your Spirit dwell in my veins.  Become a part of my being.  Help all that I am morph into all that you are.  

Cleanse me Lord from the world that has snared me.  Release me from this poison mixed in with my blood from this earthly flesh.  Help me to feel the blood of Jesus cleansing the parts of my soul that are broken. 

Renew me.  Refresh my heartrestart my mind, and recharge my body that it be fueled with the fire of your spirit.  Take reign in this place, take reign over the crevices of dirt and dust hidden in the corners of my inner being.  Heal me Lord, in the way only you can.  

Make me new.  Make me like you.  You bring life Lord, live in me!

Deliver me, every part of me.  I belong to you.  Rid me of all things that don’t belong here in your child.  Break the bonds of forces connected to me that are not connected to you.  Release me from the spirits that have no home here in your vessel.  

You are my home.  The authority of Jesus on the Cross and overcoming the face of death and the grave is my victory, my hope, and my proclamation today.  Let the truth of who you are, and the alive presence that you have within me consume me today so that nothing can thwart what you are doing in and through me.  

I am yours Lord, and I am unworthy.  Consume me to be used by you, to be intimate with your love so that I don’t chase it anywhere else.  I invite you into my heart, into my mind, and part of my body Lord.  

You are my King.  Let me feel the authority and title of what it means to be your child.  To be known by youprotected by youcared for by youloved by you and the Daughter/Son of a King.  

Remind me of who you are, I praise you for who you are.  Help me to live today remembering that who you are is developing me to be who I am transforming to be.  Let your light shine through me for the world to see more of you and less of me. 

I believe in your power Lord, and I believe you are alive in me.  Restore me Lord that I may reflect the image that you have created within me.  

AMEN

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