What is your Prayer for the Year?
The last couple of years I have chosen a 'word' for the year. It has been a very inspirational process. It has motivated and driven me to reach more goals than I would have with out it. I usually take some time to reflect on the past year and dream about the future. Somewhere in that process I land upon a word that is both encouraging and motivational. This time as I was in the process of discovering my word, I started to think about all the prayers that God had answered this year. A few big ones and a whole lot of little ones. Then I had this thought, "What is your 'prayer' for the year?".
An Answered Prayer.
A few years ago, we were standing in the parking lot outside of my wife's old job at the coffee shop. This had been her first job in Los Angeles. Her boss was really nice and the community was great. However, as time wore on it was clear that it was time for a change. As we stood outside in the parking lot on her last day the questions were swirling; "What am I going to do now?" "What's going to happen next?" "Where do I start?" We stood there for a moment, she stopped all the questions, and we said let's pray. We asked God to open doors. We asked God for opportunities that we couldn't imagine.
This year as I was reflecting back I can see how so many of those prayers were answered. My wife broke into the entertainment industry. She was an Art Director on a feature film, became a food stylist for commercials, and was the Production Designer on a series. Now don't get me wrong, she is very talented and worked super hard but we also saw doors open that we could not open ourselves. We have been praying for opportunities since that moment and we will continue to do so.
What Could Happen?
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.
I have a word for the my upcoming year with an intention and purpose. I'm ready to work really hard to reach my goals and dreams but I know there is a place that no matter how hard I work I can't get to on my own. So this year I also have a "Prayer for the year." It's one prayer that I am going to be persistent, driving, and relentless in my pursuit of God with. I'm not sure how God will answer my prayer but I'm not going to stop until he does.
- Always pray and not give up - Have you ever given up on praying for something? I have. There is this space in-between a prayer and an answer that it's so easy to get discouraged or even stop praying. Sometimes you have to let your faith drive your prayers, not your feelings.
- Nor cared what people thought - God not only cares about what you think but he cares about your future too. He cares about who you are becoming, he cares about you, and he cares about your prayers.
- Who kept coming / keeps bothering me / who cries out day and night - What could happen this year if we got persistent, driven, and relentless with our prayers? If I read the above passage correctly, a lot.
- Quickly - Life can change so fast. A few seconds can feel so slow in one circumstance and so fast in another. God can answer a prayer in a moment and all things can change. Let's keep praying until he does.
Let's do this together this week!
Vision: To develop a core group of spiritually strong individuals who are committed to building a life-giving community together in Los Angeles.
- Take a few minutes and write down all the prayers that God answered for you this past year. On your phone or in a note pad. It's easy to forget all the prayers that have already be answered.
- What is your Prayer for the Year? Write it down in a place you can see it.
- Share your prayer with someone else. Prayer is most effective when it is communal. Lets commit not only to our prayer but lets commit to pray for someone else's prayer. Are you in?
Plan: This month we are going to the mountains. If possible start now and set aside about $40 dollars. We are looking to rent a big cabin and get away together for a couple days. We'll have a lot of fun and set our focus for this next season together. I will get dates out asap.