Trust Habits #4

praying woman inside church

A trust habit is anything that causes us to have greater intimacy and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We will talk a bit more about prayer, as we go through this series. But, I wanted to start today with a prayer journal habit.

Prayer is the vehicle in which we will see our trust in the Lord grow the deepest.

“And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him (1 John 5:14, NLT).”

My Prayer Journal Routine –

As I begun this week, I knew the need for a different approach. It was the perfect opportunity to develop a new routine to stick to “most of the time”.

So when I headed out to the Dollar Tree with my mom, I knew I wanted to “splurge” on one of their notebooks. The reason why I wanted to go out and purchase one is this:

Just as I was intentionally purchasing this prayer journal, I would just as intentionally jot down my prayers.

At the time of writing this, I have successfully used it for six days – which is a victory.


Here are four reasons I will continue to prayer journal.


#1: Intentional

Using a specific journal for our prayers – causes us to intentionally turn to the Lord and sharing our needs with Him. I am bringing not only my needs, but the needs of loved ones.

As I continue to write down my prayers, I am noticing that I am trusting the Lord more – to handle everything!

#2: More Prayerful

When I wake up early in the morning, I am more willing to spend that time in prayer. Talking to my Sweet Savior about loved ones and situations on my heavy heart. The time is becoming a treasure and well spent.

#3: Growth

Having a prayer journal will allow me to see how my prayers have grown. Not only will I see how God has faithfully answered them, I will be able to see the development of my prayer life. Just as a baby goes through stages from holding up its head, sitting up, and crawling, I will be able to take note of how the Lord has grown me in my prayer life.

I will be able to see how I have ran to God in my times of need.

#4: Encouragement

We can find much encouragement through the prayers of others. Our Savior Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul. BarlowGirl. Countless others. Their prayers influenced many.

May we grow deeply in our trusting Jesus, as we write out our prayers.

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. – Eph. 3:16-17

Assignment: For seven days, write down a simple prayer each day. Give God access to your heart. What is weighing heavy on your spirit? Share it with our Mighty God, even if it means letting walls come down.

Featured Image: Naassom Azevedo of Unsplash.

In Him,
Stacey


DLRB Goals – 11/26-12/1

Do

Learn

Study 1 Corinthians 4:8-13 [Daily posts sent over to Gracefully Overcoming’s Facebook page].

Read

some of Genesis
Book: Starts with Praise
Book: Made for Pleasure

Be

. . . Restful. Above all else, what I need most this week is authentic rest. Physically, emotionally, spiritually – in all areas, I need to experience God’s rest this week.

“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.” [Psalm 46:10, NLT]

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” [Matthew 11:28-30]


I normally have a memory verse set up for the week. I am not sure where I will “land” this week. My ultimate goal is to be steadily in the Word of God, so I am “tuned in” with what the Lord God has to say. So often, I get distracted or feel too unwell to read my Bible. Even though I don’t feel well, I need to make sure I stay in the Word of God.

So, that’s my goals for this week. Nothing too big. This new week requires recovering from Thanksgiving break on my end. How about you? What are your goals for this week? Share with me in the comment section below, and I look forward to hearing from you. Also: Feel free to share any prayer requests you have, so we can pray for one another.

Image by Naomi Suzuki.

Seeking Christ,

The Priority of My Prayer Life

Today, I have been thinking about my own intimacy with my Creator. It dawned on me how the many needs of this world can affect the quality of my prayer life. The intimacy I can experience, is not as strong as it could be. The many needs in our world, can take priority over my need to be with my Lord. It can be fairly easy for me to make those needs my prayer focus – instead of focusing on my Creator. And, I think I have approached my time in prayer all wrong. Where has my priority for intimacy with Christ, hearing from the Holy Spirit, and learning my Father’s ways? My intimacy can get lost in the midst of knowing there are many needs. I realize there are many self-focused words in this post, but this aspect is taking care of my walk with God. Placing my spiritual needs at a higher priority. My need for Christ is greater. In order to bring others to Him, I must first bring myself. I must search for the intimacy I crave. Meaning: My way of approaching prayer must change.

But, what if:

  • I allowed my spirit to chill out, and just enjoy His Presence?
  • I trusted God’s Word when it says the Holy Spirit intercedes for me too?
  • we slowed down long enough to not only grow in our intimacy with our Creator, but to learn just how big God is.
  • we took another route to our prayer lives?

Praying for others is a good thing, don’t get me wrong? I just don’t want to lose my intimacy with Christ in the midst of it – by focusing on the wrong things.

Instead of quantity prayer requests, I should be focusing on my intimacy with my Creator and the quality of my prayer time. My focus needs to be on developing a Spirit – led prayer life, where the focus is not on mental prayers of the many needs that we want God to meet.

 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

As we experience Him, we can grow in our relationship with Him – no longer cold and distant, but hearing Him clearly and closer than ever. As we keep Him the Main Thing, we will grow in our faith and connect with God. Our prayer life needs to be about more than throwing needs God’s way. We need our prayer life to be life-transforming.