As I sit here in front of this computer, I feel a very strong need for prayer. I feel as if there is a sense of urgency, more than ever. Prayer should be the engine to drive any and every thing that you do in 2016. God said in His Word:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV)
In the last few weeks, the presence of God has been so evident and tangible, and the people at our church seemed more and more open and ready and willing. They seemed hungry for the things of God. God said in his word that he inhabits the praises of his people.
I could honestly say that some days, I would love to sit at the feet of Jesus and just receive everything that he has for me, but as a mother of 8, it is sometimes challenging when you are trying to sit before the Lord and you have one child that need juice and then another child that needs crayons and then another one needs a ride to work another, one’s stomach hurts, dinner has to be made … you get the picture.
But the good news is that I know God is the only way that I am able to do everything that I do, so I do everything that I can to pray throughout the day. If I am in the car I pray, if I am in the store I pray, if I am with my kids I pray, in different pockets of time I pray. I thank God for the opportunity and privilege to pray all day. I have the privilege to work in a prayer call center so I also pray every day for five hours a day for others. I get great joy in interceding for others and to pray faith filled words.
One thing you will realize as you pray is that your prayer is never to change God’s mind, but to give you his perspective about that particular situation. There have been times when I have started off praying one way and by the time weeks and weeks go by, I ended up praying an entirely different way.
I don’t know what your situation is, but I encourage you to carve out time to get before the Lord. There might be something that you have been believing God to do and you have not seen any results. I would like to encourage you to hold on – you are right there. Your best days are ahead of you, and God said in His Word that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). God cares about the things that you care about. He not only knows, but he cares. He also said in John 15:7, If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask what ever you wish and it shall be done for you.
Ready, set, grow.
Vonetta Carter is a proud wife and mother of 8 children. She works alongside her husband Pastor Veronne who is the Senior Pastor at First Wesleyan Church in Nashville, TN. She also serves as a intercessor, mentor, motivational speaker and encourager, PTO President, and the leader of the women’s ministry at her church. She has the privilege to minister to women from all different walks of life.
Vonetta believes that God wants women to be whole in every area of their life, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially. She is a strong believer in the power of prayer and that prayer will be the engine to drive any church or ministry.
In her own words: My hearts breaks for women and I believe in coming alongside them and believing God with them that at the end of the day we will all be lovingly challenged to come up higher as it pertains to the things of God. And I whole heartily believe that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think. He also said in his word no good thing would he with hold from them that love him.
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