Intense Prayer

Abstract Silhouette PrayingI’ve prayed for many years and I’m still working on the discipline of prayer. So many times in my past, my prayers were mostly desperation instead of conversation. I prayed like God was Santa Claus waiting to fill my wish list. I’ve had crisis in my life and then prayer looked totally different. I had a mission that had intensity – I was desperate and hurting deeply. My prayers took on an intensity that I had not experienced before.

Jesus was about to be betrayed. He knew what was coming, but His disciples didn’t. He tried to give them a heads up but they didn’t catch it. Check this out…

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mark 14:32-38 NIV)

Jesus’ prayer had a intensity because of what was coming. I have been in some pretty desperate situations and my prayers went deeper and stronger. My relationship with the Lord has been different after intense sessions like that. I’ve learned to trust His heart even when I can’t see what He’s doing. Intense prayer has more often revealed to me the heart of God rather than directly changing my situation. God is the One Who can change any situation and do anything He pleases. My intense prayer often includes a prayer to change my circumstances or my situation and the Lord actually changes me instead. The change He makes in me helps me see my situation in a totally different light. The pain is often still there, but my new perspective is like salve on the sore. Intense prayer is integral to my relationship with my God as I reveal my heart – He reveals His heart and I end of changed.

Pressing On!

Pray Anywhere!

Hands folded in prayer over open russian Holy Bible on black backgroundI love the story of Jonah because I see me in the story sometimes. I know that Jonah wasn’t this stellar, model prophet. He is actually known for running from the Lord’s call. I found it interesting reading his prayer from inside the big fish. I assume that he wrote this after the experience and not in the middle of it. His prayer was “spot-on” considering his situation. Check this out…

1 While Jonah was inside the fish, he prayed to the Lord his God and said,
2 “When I was in danger,

    I called to the Lord,

    and he answered me.
I was about to die,

    so I cried to you,

    and you heard my voice.
7 “When my life had almost gone,

    I remembered the Lord.
I prayed to you,

    and you heard my prayers in your Holy Temple.
8 “People who worship useless idols

    give up their loyalty to you.
9 But I will praise and thank you

    while I give sacrifices to you,

    and I will keep my promises to you.
Salvation comes from the Lord!
10 Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and the fish threw up Jonah onto the dry land. (Jonah 2:1-2, 7-10 NCV)

Sometimes my most desperate situations call for the most desperate and honest prayers. I have “been there and done that”! I think that some of my deepest convictions of my faith were formed in desperate times because I felt the presence of the Lord near me ministering to me. I can’t describe it very well with words, but I KNOW of His presence. He is as real as the computer I’m typing on. He transcends all that I see and know. I think that it’s incredible that I can talk to Him at any time. I can get His advise and His wisdom in a moment’s notice.

I don’t pray desperate prayers as often because I pray more often. I feel His Presence starting at the beginning of the day and all throughout the day. I want this daily journey with Him to continue every day of my life. 

Pressing On!