Thank you for joining me on this journey. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to. We are just starting week 1, hop on board! One of the greatest things you can do in your relationship with Jesus is… praying. Prayer is a very intimate thing you can do to grow in your relationship with Jesus and it is vital that you do it. How can you have a close and personal relationship with someone without talking to them? Through this challege I will be stressing the need for prayer. A lot of weeks, you will be praying often.
But I’m not good at praying…
You aren’t? Wow, I’m just ashamed of you. KIDDING! A lot of people are not strong in the skill of praying. When people used to be like, “Alright Chrissy, pray,” my heart would skip 30 beats. I’m not very good at talking in general. There is something about the room being really quiet that makes my skin crawl. Every time I prayed, it would be a 10 second prayer. I would have like 15 words between ‘Dear Jesus’ and ‘Amen.’
When you say I don’t want to pray or I’m not good at prayer, someone always likes to call you out. I used to hear, “Well, if you don’t pray in public, you don’t pray in private.” Hearing that made me so angry. I prayed all the time in my personal life… but I prayed in my head. It is different talking out loud or in front of people. I used to get so discouraged when people would ask me to pray. I’d either refuse or say a ‘bad prayer.’
No prayer is bad
I cannot tell you how many times I would place my prayer in the ‘bad’ catergory. Listen. No prayer is bad. I used to hear everyone else pray and they would pray for like 5 minutes using big words and creative sentences. That was discouraging to me because I wansn’t ‘good’. I did not understand why I wasn’t good at praying. I did it often. I was tired of refusing to pray. I knew I had to change this because I know God has called me into some sort of minestry. I’m going to have get better at praying out loud.
Pray out loud
This has helped immesnly. At first it was a bit awkward and I felt like I was talking to myself. Start praying when you’re alone, out loud. It will help. I started off with short prayers but now I can pray out loud for hours. Praying this way allowed me to get closer to Jesus because I talk to him now like I’d actually talk to a best friend. Which He is and He always has been; it’s just hard to be best friends with someone you don’t spend time with and don’t talk to. You feel me? Dedicate a specific time to praying but still pray as much as you possibly can throughout the day. Just use those specific times as your prayer time regardless of what is going on because sometimes our minds go crazy through a busy day.
I chose to pray anytime I am driving and showering (like once every three weeks, just kidding, probably). More times you could pray is when you wake up, before bed, while brushing your teeth, everytime you pick up your phone, etc. There are many times you can dedicate to prayer. I promise, having this time set aside specifically for prayer will help you get in the habit of praying often. So try devoting some time to praying.
The Challenge: Week 1
So each day this week, pray for the first 5 people that come to your mind. It can be the same people every day or it can be new people. Just make sure to do it each day. It doesn’t have to be a 4 hour long prayer but actually relax and take a few minutes praying for the people that Jesus lays on your heart. This not only helps you to get closer to God but it is also a great way to humble yourself before others. You don’t have to tell anyone you are praying for them unless you feel God telling you to. So make sure you pray for at least 5 people each day through the week. I’d write it down in a notebook so you can just keep track of your prayer life.
Why am I praying for others?
Alot of times, we are focused on us. When we pray, we say God, do this for me. Make this happen for me. I thank you for what you’re doing in my life. It is important be praying about yourself, of course. Change my attitude and my heart, guide my footsteps, help me, but not only should you pray for yourself, you need to be humble enough to step past praying for you alone.
Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for your lost friends. Pray for others in general. This is a true step of humbleness.
Christ give’s us a great example of humility in Philippians 2:3-4.
Remember, like I said in my post Monday (Read here), you need to be reading the bible and spending one on one time with Jesus all through out this challenge. Make sure to do it every single day this week. If you have never spent time with Jesus or aren’t really sure how to, email me below. Good luck on week 1 of the ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge!