Sometimes it takes a wild journey down the slow road of heartache for one to understand the power of prayer. I was no different.
In fact, despite my grandma’s repeated efforts to tell me otherwise, I thought my relationship with The Man upstairs would suffice. In other words, it worked well, or so I thought, with little to no effort I was contributing.
Looking back on the years, I can almost smell the bitter fruit that fell from my tired little self. Sadly, those many years I lacked building a repertoire of prayers left me hungry.
Or starved rather.
If you are finding yourself exhausted and wore out as a single mom, one of the most powerful and significant gifts I can give you is the age-old secret of applying prayer to your life, especially in the areas you seek relief.
There are too many good words in the Big Book of Life. From my heart to yours… here are a few of my favorites:
- When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7
- The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent. – Exodus 14:14
- I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. – John 14:27
- So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. – Hebrews 4:1
- Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:3
- But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:57
- I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 1 Timothy 4:7
My challenge to you….
Try applying any of these 7 verses or any combination of these and/or others to the areas of your life you are feeling done with, exasperated in and long ago expired. I challenge you to honestly and sincerely put these verses to the test.
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it (NASB).
I do not suggest this is the end of all life’s problems. Nor do I say the cray-cray of this insane world will cease. But if it’s peace you are looking for, you will find it right in the middle of the storm. Perhaps even, learning a little about mastering a few or more of your messes.
All too often, at the end of the day, after my girl was in bed and I was heading there myself, I wanted nothing more than someone to rest my head on my pillow with. Someone to share the burden of life with. Because it was just that heavy.
I can not magically make that appear for you or whatever need may be laying so very heavy on your own heart, but I promise, if you earnestly seek Him, that is where you will find the best relief of the burdens you carry.
’till next time friend,