Note: Over the next couple of weeks we have asked some of our Lifters to write about "why prayer is important". This post is from Joanna Gonzales!
When people ask me why prayer is important I would answer them "It just is". The whole concept of prayer is good because we can talk to God wherever where we're at in our Christian journey. We connect with Him and it just does something to us, to the most innermost part of us.
I see prayer as a lifeline. I get to be fed and nourished by His word. I get to know His perfect will for my life. I get to be myself and vulnerable before him. I get to be REAL. Revelations come when we are open to Him, when we spend time with Him. I get to express my gratitude of all the things He has done in my life.
I saw the movie "The War Room" and it really touched me to the very core of my being. And it brought me back to a situation in my married life where we were in desperate need of an answer to our question of having a child. We had been married for nearly ten years at the time and we knew that our physical bodies are getting on. Basically, we were racing against time. I'm sure there were stories out there similar to ours. Some endings are sad, some are happy. We were desperate. We decided it's time to go to our "war room". And REALLY get serious about it. To pray fervently and be mean to whoever and whatever is stopping the blessing of children coming to our lives. We knew that we needed the enemy know who we are in Christ by declaring God's word over our situation.
We took authority against the lies of the enemy that's been tormenting us mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
WE TOOK A STAND. WE STOOD OUR GROUND. AND WE WATCHED GOD MOVED.
I have nothing against "soft" prayers. I hope you know what I mean by that. Prayers can be displayed in all shapes and forms. It can be as quiet as just a sigh, or a wild roar as if someone's in a war. In our dire situation, we decided to be the loud ones. I am known to be stubborn (my hubby will vouch for that) and I said to myself that in this situation, "I will live up to my reputation. I will be as stubborn like a bull in faith and will never give up until I get my promise!" AND WE RECEIVED OUR PROMISE! I have Jacob in the bible to thank for. He didn’t let go of God until he got blessed. What a stubborn faith!
I will be honest with you, it wasn't always easy. Every month for years I would say 90% of the time I got disappointed and disheartened. In my mind I wasn't sure whether this promise of having children will ever come. But in His mercy and grace He ALWAYS reminded me of his word. Spending time in prayer does something to us. IT CHANGES US before it changes the situation. We let go of our rights to self-reliance and self-dependence first and shifting our trust purely on Him, who by the way THE CREATOR of all things and owns everything. HE CAN DELIVER! Just trust Him and His word-the final authority. Nothing is impossible with my daddy God!
Is he in control of our situations, right now? You better believe it. When we are in the posture of humility in our hearts and knees touching the ground, HE IS LIFTED UP AND LETTING THE ENEMY KNOW THAT THE BATTLE HAS ALREADY BEEN WON!
I love this song by Hillsong called "TOUCH THE SKY" especially the chorus and it goes like this....
My heart beating, my soul breathing
I found my life when I laid it down
Upward falling, spirit soaring
I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground
This is my interpretation of this chorus. As we pray in faith, we surrender to His perfect will in our lives. As we partner with the Holy Spirit, the heavens open up.
Daily prayer provides the platform for confessing our sin and asking for help in overcoming that sin. Daily prayer is an act of worship and obedience. And finally, daily prayer is a way to acknowledge who is really in control of our lives.
Enjoy these couple of quotes from my faves:
"Faith brings an answer.
Enduring faith brings the answer with character."
"True prayer is measured by weight, not by length.
A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length."