I'm learning more about prayer and the power that it really has, these days. I've always believed in the power of prayer, and have seen it in my own life. However, I had recently gotten pretty stagnant in my prayer life. I wasn't seeing God move. I felt like I was disconnected, and that my prayers were hitting a glass ceiling. Have you been there?
I was listening to The Resting Place by Bill Johnson and only five minutes into his talk, he said, "Prayer gets boring when we pray for things that we already possess. We pray prayers like 'Be with us, Jesus' but the Bible says He will never leave or forsake us. 'Be with us' is not a prayer He can answer."
Ouch! That hit me like a sack of bricks. That had been one of my favorite prayers. I began to look at it, though, and realized Wow. God is wanting me, and calling me to, pray bigger prayers.
He's calling us to pray prayers that make us uncomfortable. Prayers that we can't manufacture the outcome on our own. Prayers that leave us fully dependent on Him!
He also began to talk about doves. He mentioned how flighty and nervous they are. If a dove landed on my shoulder, it would totally change the way that I walk. I would be still, and take each step carefully.
He related that to the Holy Spirit, and said, "Every step should be with the Dove in mind."
Wow. Every step should be with the dove in mind!
That begs me to ask myself, then: How am I allowing the Holy Spirit to form my actions? Am I acting out of my own, selfish human nature or am I calling myself to a higher level, acting out of a place of His power and His love?
As I move through the day, it is my prayer that I keep the Dove in mind.
Every step should be with the Dove in mind.
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