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I'm trying really hard to get up at least 30 minutes earlier than normal to get a good ole fashion, on bended knee prayer in before I start the day. Notice I said get up not wake up. I find myself waking up, without a problem, it's the getting out the bed that is. I'll lie there, under the snug covers, and pray until I hear the back up alarm go off. I don't trust myself. I set two alarms 30 minutes a part because too often I find myself falling back to sleep. Sorry Lord.
I'm challenging myself to wake up, then get up and down on my knees to pray every day for seven days straight. That's right, I'm starting with a week, something I know I can handle. Yes, I pray. I pray daily but I want to sacrifice my early morning comfort as an offering to God. I might disrupt some hefty church teaching with what I am about to say, so be warned.
Words ahead may be found to be contrary to popular belief
I don't believe God is as concerned with the time that I pray, as He is with my action of praying and communicating with Him. I told you, you weren't going to like it! I could be wrong, but I trust the Lord to tell me so. I used to think I had an awful prayer life and poor relationship with the Lord because I struggled with getting up at the crack of dawn to pray. It was constantly presented to me that severely early morning prayers equaled strong relationship with God. I'd be moving more mountains if I prayed super early. My prayers would take first priority, with a daybreak prayer. Really? Maybe. Maybe not.
What I did discover is that the Lord seeks consistency. It is important to have a prayer time and stick to it. A prayer time, yes, we need to have a prayer time, 5:00 am just might not be that time for me. At one point, lunchtime became my time with the Lord. At first, I felt guilty that I was praying in my car at lunch, but the Lord released me from that shame. Thank you! He met me there and I looked forward to it, daily. When I wasn't able to take my lunch at our normal time, I missed the Lord and I know He missed me, too.
Understand, I do pray every morning after I am fully awake about to start my day. It is crucial to begin your day with prayer. I have to thank the Lord for a new day and pray His covering over it. Also, my daughter and I take turns praying on our morning commute. Since I know distractions are constant when trying to make it to school and work on time, I have a reminder alarm set around the time we get in the car. My day feels off, if we forget to pray, and as soon as I remember that we forgot, I text my daughter to tell her to pray.
I'm challenging myself to rise early and seek the Lord, while my house is still quiet, before the hustle of the morning activities. I want to make this sacrifice to the Lord. It may seem trivial, but it is a big deal to me and I want the Lord to be pleased. I don't know if it will become habitual but I do know that it will form something "new" in me. The bended knee is an act of submission before the Father. I want to humbly bow before Him. I want to kneel in His presence before His wondrous glory and mercy towards me.
Commit to a prayer time where you may talk to God and allow Him to speak to you. Be consistent with it and start where you are. Whether it's 8 am or 8 pm, Pray consistently. Make prayer a part of your everyday life and not an after thought. I can't be bothered with the crack of dawn saints who insist that the earlier the prayer, the stronger the relationship. I sleep through the 5:00 am alarm sometimes - well, a lot of times and it's cool. I know how to get a prayer through but most importantly, I have learned what it takes to get a prayer through. Jesus and I have something special going on and He knows what time to expect me to arrive for our 1 on 1 time.
Join the challenge with me!
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. - Ephesians 3:14 - 17
Hey, I'm Carica
and I like movies and long walks in the park...wait, wrong profile! I'm a single mama, walking by faith, loving Jesus and the chick he has matured me to be. I trust God with my life, and use this space to encourage my sistas and brothers to do the same. C'mon...get to know me!