I realize that this post and the last post are what I like to call "pseudo-posts" (i.e. posts that I have not written). But, both have been more than note-worthy.
I invite you to be inspired by reading about a mother of young children named Heather. Read her story, feel her heartbreak but more importantly know the name of her Hope - Jesus. Today, a fellow blogger (Boo Mama) is hosting a love offering on her blog today. I encourage you to visit - offer a prayer, a dollar or so, or both.
Recently, I have been given some material to read about prayer. I have been immensely convicted! The material is from the book God's Greater Glory. The author, Bruce A. Ware, discusses the truth found in Scripture that "God devised prayer as a means of enlisting us as participants in the work he has ordained, as part of the outworking of his sovereign rulership over all (p. 189)." He goes on to say that though God is sovereign and can rule the world unilaterally, He still invites us to participate in what He is doing through prayer. He writes, "God purposely designed how things would work so that some of what he accomplishes can only be accomplished as people pray."
My reformed sisters, think of it this way: "Prayer is like preaching in that it is a human act also. It is a human act that God has ordained and which he delights in because it reflects the dependence of his creatures upon Him. He has promised to respond to prayer, and his response is just as contingent upon our prayer as our prayer is in accordance with his will. "And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (I John 5:14). (John Piper - for more on this click here.)"
All this to say, pray for our sister Heather. Even if it's been a while since you've bent your knees in prayer, let this be the opener of an intimate conversation with God. I must confess that this is me. Yes, I pray all day long, I stay in an open dialogue with Jesus but it is a rare thing to lock myself in the closet and intercede or labor in prayer. Lord, forgive me for not taking your command seriously and missing out on the glorious blessing of interacting deeply with You.