The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.
He fears nothing from prayerless studies,
prayerless work and prayerless religion.
He laughs at our toil,
mocks our wisdom,
but trembles when we pray.
Well this concluding post seems a bit overdue. But nonetheless, here it is.
I know that we as Christian Bloggers pray.
I mean, after all that's what Christians do, right?
I mean, Jesus intercedes for us and is our example, so as sure as I'm breathing,
alive and following Him I am praying for others.
But life is busy and distracting.
Can I get an "Amen"?
When I realized how many bloggers I was actually following, my heart was stirred.
It had been on my heart to be more purposeful in praying.
I like to plan strategies and goals in my spiritual life- it must be the Personal Trainer in me.
(Don't ask about my own physical fitness as of late though, puhleeze!)
I decided to make a "plan of action" and enlist
anyone else who was interested
to join me. This had both selfish and unselfish motives. (?)
I thought others might really have a heart for this-
and felt nudging to invite them and trust God for that.
I also knew, if I did not incorporate the accountability
(even just knowing that others had committed to doing this)
it would be easy to ...well, let's just say- get sidetracked.
I am an expert "Sidetracker" with too many ideas in my brain.
I need a little reigning in at times.
(Don't hold me to that.)
Well, I set the ambitious 31 Day Challenge and two others committed to join me.
Many of you joined in with praying as we went and I thank you for doing so.
I know many of you pray for your fellow bloggers but this was more of
a purposeful commitment challenge.
Trust me, it got challenging.
If you want to see the enemy move in, as well as your own fleshly, natural tendency to resist God's will despite "good intentions" just go ahead and decide you want to pray faithfully for anyone- or do anything for the glory of God.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak
But guess who is bigger, badder, better, fighting for us and on and by our side?
Our Man, God and King,
who gets all the Glory because He is worthy:
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
The way I decided to tackle this, after creating the initial list, was to pick a scripture passage to reflect and then springboard off, writing out a prayer based on what I read and from what I know about the blogger. I would then send it via e-mail to them.
I decided against a blog post devoted to the blogger because I was afraid it would become about me and making a post more than a prayer before God. I just know my tendencies and weakness, although initially I wanted to do that- after praying, I knew that was not the way God wanted me do do it for the above stated reasons.
The other thing I did was to just put a shout out on my Facebook page with a link to the Blog site and name of the blogger I was praying for to invite others to lift them up with me.
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Honestly, it was a true challenge to meet this 31 days of praying for just one blogger a day-
Purposefully, focused and in a way that I wanted to invite God to lead, direct and guide.
I finished a week late.
I sometimes found it difficult to focus, and would put it off until later,
then was battling fatigue.
You know friends, the enemy does not want you or I to pray.
If you commit to pray,
prepare yourself for a battle.
Because it is God's first line of defense and call to action.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
"No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil;
not that he practices it, but he suffers from it."
Guy H. King
"The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer."
I want to offer a special thank you to Melanie from Only A Breath who
graciously created and gave freely our beautiful badge/button!
I will attempt The Bloggers Prayer Project again and invite you to link.It will be different then last time and I think more realistic and user friendly! We can cover the Blogosphere in prayer together, friends! One blogger at a time!
|My office closet doors with name prompts of Bloggers for Round 1!|