Life homeschooling three teens with an infant is busy. Making time to pray can be tricky. These are two ways that are working for me in this season.
Songs are almost always running through my spirit like a soundtrack. In this season certain ones are prayers for things that concern me or I feel the Lord wants me to pray about.
Over the situation in North Korea I sing Reckless Love by Steffany Gertzinger
For a friend overcoming cancer God I Look to You by Jenn Johnson
No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser – Verse one for me, verse two for my children
Let it Rain – Jesus Culture – for America
On Facebook there are many people and issues that need prayer. I find that if I just type “praying”. I don’t. I may think of them. And I may not.
If it’s something I care enough to type “praying” then I take the time to actually type a faith filled prayer. One I really believe God wants to answer. Then when I think of them again I already have prayed and it’s easier to pray again.
We lit a fire in communities throughout Alaska and let it spread across the state. Our prophetic prayer for our beloved state. Our prayer for grace to be seen here like never before.
Fire is powerful, often destructive – certainly when it is out of control. Under control it is quite useful. Our fire burned away the dead, the unfruitful. This will make room for new growth. The black ash draws heat from the sun to warm the soil. Burning the dead grass makes the nutrients more accessible to the living plants.
Grace is a holy fire burning everything that will not last in the Kingdom of God. The question is not if grace is under control.
It is – Are we under grace?
The burning will come. Burning away those dead works of ours makes room for growth, nourishes our soul for He makes beauty from ashes.
For someone not under grace the fire is devastating, yet still grace, for in devastation one can still turn to Him, still accept His grace. He can take even those ashes, those burned without one having faith. He has already done that for each of us. Ashes from our pre-saved lives are being made beautiful even now, beautiful for eternity.
As our dead works are burned away we will grow, refreshingly sweet. Others will see how our ashes became beauty. This is the way of grace. The way of redemption. The way of revival.
As we burn others will see our freedom and long to burn as well. It will spread until the whole world hears.