And She Prays...

Monday, October 1, 2007

Day One: Draw Me Into a Closer Walk With You

I am so excited to see what God has in store for us this month as we read through, The Power of a Praying Woman, by Stormie Omartian. So far, in just reading the introduction and first chapter, I think it's going to be an amazing study and I strongly encourage you to get the book and read the chapters each day. I've included a link to the book on at the bottom of the page if you'd like to order online.

If you've been reading or praying along with me, so far we've prayed for our children and our husbands with a few mentions of praying for self mixed in there, mostly on the first day of each month. Now it's time to make praying for ourselves a priority all month long. I've always heard, "If you put God first in your life, He will put everything else into place." This month we're going to be working on that relationship for ourselves, and I'm sure it will affect our husband & children along the way, too. Ready to get started?

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work
of our hands for us.
- Psalm 90:17

Lord, I draw close to You today, grateful that You will draw close to me as You have promised in Your Word (James 4:8). I long to dwell in Your presence, and my desire is for a deeper and more intimate relationship with You. I want to know You in every way You can be known. Teach me what I need to learn in order to know You better. I don't want to be a person who is "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (II Timothy 3:7). I want to know the truth about who You are, because I know that You are near to all who call upon You in truth (Psalm 145:18).

I am open to whatever You want to do in me. I don't want to limit You by neglecting to acknowledge You in every way possible. I declare this day that You are my Healer, my Deliverer, my Redeemer, and my Comforter. Today I especially need to know You as my Shelter (put in a name of the Lord that applies to YOU). I believe You will be that to me.

God, help me to set aside time each day to meet with You alone. Enable me to resist and eliminate all that would keep me from it. Teach me to pray the way You want me to. Help me to learn more about You. Lord, You have said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink" (John 7:37). I thirst for more of You because I am in a dry place without You. I come to you this day and drink deeply of Your Spirit.

I know that You are everywhere, but I also know that there are deeper manifestations of Your presence that I long to experience. Draw me close so that I may dwell in your presence like never before.* In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Until now you have asked nothing in My name.
Ask, and you will receive,
that your joy may be full.
- John 16:24
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope
without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
- Hebrews 10:23

*Make this prayer your own! From the book, The Power of a Praying Woman, by Stormie Omartian. Ordering information is at the bottom of this page.

Today's prayer for your husband: His Wife
Today's prayer for your children: Becoming a Praying Parent

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Blogger Heather said...

Just wanted you to know that I'm praying with you today!

October 1, 2007 at 8:00 AM  

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