Because Two Women Prayed

Because Two Women Prayed

When I was about 20 years old I learned a friend had fasted and prayed for me for three days concerning a struggle I had with a particular sin and I can honestly say that I never again committed that sin.  I credit her Christian love, shown through fasting and prayer, that God moved on my behalf.

The last couple of months I’ve gained the blessing of a praying mentor and a woman who earnestly prays for me.  A couple of weeks ago I asked her to pray for me on behalf of an issue I’d had the previous couple months – an issue that would plague me during the night and wreak havoc on my mind during the day.  I needed freedom and asked for this praying woman’s help.  She prayed for me, and I’ve not had the issue since.

I know the thought that may cross our minds, that not all prayers are answered so clearly and finally.  But, if we do not make the world go around – can barely build a laudable sand castle – then we don’t have the clearance to know all the reasons why God clearly and finally answers one prayer and doesn’t seem to another.  He is God after all.  But we don’t know how God will answer each time we pray – so why not ask?  I don’t believe I would have experienced the same freedom in my life had these women not prayed – and I am so grateful they cared enough and took the time to petition God on my behalf.  I’m also in awe of God’s power in response to their prayers.  God wants us to pray.  Read the scripture below to see how God wants to answer our prayers.

Whose life could change in significant ways because you loved them enough to pray earnestly?  Who can you encourage by sharing stories of your answered prayers?  Will you pray with me?

(Matthew 7: 7-11) Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

The Unique Role of Praying Women

The Unique Role of Praying Women

While every believer has the invitation from God to pray without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17), is there a unique role to this praying lifestyle for women?

Since the first woman in creation, Eve, to God’s amazing creation of you, God uniquely designed women with a tendency to fulfill relational roles, as we see God making Eve a helpmate to Adam and a mother to her children.  Because of God’s design, women have a gift for supporting others, to be nurturing people, whether or not they have a husband or child.

Being designed with a nurturing disposition, you’re likely to pray in a nurturing way, whether conscious of it or not, and praying in a nurturing fashion is good – because it will help meet the needs of people in your circle.

Now, consider for whom you pray – the people in your circle:  your husband, your children, your extended family, your friends, church, co-workers, etc.  You are uniquely positioned to pray for them and you may be one of the few, if not the only person praying for the people in your world, and this makes your prayers very important.  In Isaaih 59:16, God wondered that He did not find one person to intercede among His people, but may that not be true of you.  May you dedicate yourself to praying for your world, without ceasing.  So, how can you pray?

If you look at Jesus’ prayer not long before he died, he prayed that the disciples and the coming disciples (you) would be sanctified in truth, in God’s Word (John 17:17) .  So using God’s Word to pray petitions God to bring sanctification to the believer and invites God’s truth into the life of the unbeliever.  While extemporaneous prayer is obviously used throughout the Bible, praying God’s Word on behalf of another is uniquely powerful and important, and you can’t go wrong praying sanctification by using God’s Word if sanctification was Jesus’ petition for the Christian!

To pray in an organized fashion, it may be useful to put together a prayer notebook or journal in which you list all the people you would like to pray for each day of the week and list scripture you believe is appropriate to pray on their behalf.  Attached is a prayer guide suggestion I hope you find helpful as you develop a praying lifestyle.  You can punch a hole in the top of each page and use a binder ring to attach the pages.  dailyprayerguide

I hope you consider your unique role as a woman among the people in your life and the unique lens through which you can pray for them without ceasing.  Will you pray with me?