Pull up a chair. Can we just be real about something?
Believing for what you don’t see is hard. I mean, its for real – H.A.R.D!
And this makes praying for breakthrough like wearing a bathing suit believing for summer while you are standing outside in the dead of winter. Its laying it all out there, exposing your faith to the harsh reality of circumstances.
I’m not very good at doing that. Maybe you’re not either. But I want to be better, especially when it comes to praying over my children.
I was recently given a book to read for a review. I chose it honestly, because I liked the colors on the cover (come on- you do it too). And I thought it might be an easy read. I was wrong.
The 30 Day Prayer Challenge for Parents literally stopped me on the treadmill. And if it weren’t for the tears of sweat pouring down along my nose, I would have been bawling. Becky Harling’s first couple of pages detailed how she changed her prayers from prayers of desperation to prayers of praise. She was challenged by a friend of hers many years ago during one of her most darkest seasons, and now in her book, she is giving us this same challenge. Then she said:
“I learned that praising God isn’t just some glib hallelujah when finances are prospering, your health is flourishing, and your family is thriving. Praising God is an intentional declaration by faith that exalts God above your life circumstances”
My feet froze.
Its right there in the life circumstances that I find it the hardest to pray. Those circumstances are messy, distracting and kind of overbearing. The words — ‘intentional declaration’ and ‘exalt God’ seemed to jump off the page and into my soul. Life is deep and overwhelming but truly, God is so much more than that. Not one of my fears can stop His promises. I need to exalt Him like that, like I really believe He’s as big as I say he is. Even there, in my desperate prayers for my children and my aching heart for my dreams, He’s big there too. He’s big enough for my marriage and my friends. And while I can’t see change,yet, He’s big enough for my broken family too.
The book then challenges you to spend 20 minutes over the next 30 consecutive days intentionally praising God for His work in your children’s lives. Becky breaks each day into four sections: The invitation (a personalized message of scripture to you, the prayer warrior), Suggestions of praise and worship music to listen to, a Prayer, and then journaling prompts.
But it is so much more than a 30 Day challenge. It’s a game changer.
Day 1 dove right into the heart of comparison. Gulp. And I broke into an all out awe-session as the prayer revealed a side of my children I hadn’t noticed before. There was no pleading for breakthrough, no ringing of my hands trying to remember all the steps of “ACTS”. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) This Day 1 prayer tapped into worship, and in that place, I saw prayers from a different light.
I saw prayers from a place of faith.
As I’ve continued in this challenge I’m hungry to take this practice of praying prayers from a place of faith, with praise (not desperation) into all the areas of my life. My marriage. My dreams. My physical needs and financial needs. All of them.
This book may be a quick daily read, but it will revolutionize your prayer life for life.
And that breakthrough you’re waiting for, it’s in the praise.
You can purchase this book on Amazon here. And oh goodness- she has a book for all those other areas of life. Yup. Summer reading list just got longer!
And I must tell you- The amazing Blythe Daniel Agency gave me two copies of this book… one for me and one to give away… but rather than a drawing I’m going to give it to a dear friend of mine (and a reader here on F2S). If you’ve ever had the opportunity to sit with a prayer warrior- friends, take it. They will challenge you, just like my friend has me. She has done some battle on her knees. And the circumstances… well, they’re still messy. But she’s holding on and I’m so proud of her! So, cheer with me for her!