Most of us pray and we pray a lot. We pray for ourselves, our family, our church, and the world we live in. Then what happens? Maybe we wait. Maybe we are thankful because we received an answer. Maybe we forget what we even prayed! But do we ever live in our answered prayers? What I mean by this is do you take the time to embrace what you have been granted before moving onto another prayer? Most of us don’t. I’d like to challenge you to live in your answered prayers. Don’t worry I’ll explain more.
When & How To Pray
We first need to tackle the question when and how do we pray. The short answer is anytime anyway! My favorite time to pray is actually in the car. I used to pray everyday on my way to work. It was my time with God and allowed me get ready for my day ahead. Now that I’m a SAHM, I don’t have a car ride every day and when I am in the car I’m not alone. Now I don’t think you have to pray alone. In fact, we pray as groups all the time! But like all relationships, you need time alone together. Most parents understand the value of this. Therefore, I think you should set aside time when it is just you and God.
Now that I have my LO and am never really alone… I have not been able to establish an everyday prayer schedule. So currently, I pray whenever I feel like it. You’re thinking that’s great! You’re still praying…right? But it really makes it hard, for me, to focus my prayers and intention. Not to mention I really can’t remember what I have prayed about (mom brain is real y’all!)! This makes it hard to live in my answered prayers.
It makes it hard to even realize I have answered prayers. That is why I am creating a prayer journal and suggest you do to. A prayer journal can help you focus your thoughts and feelings and most importantly prayers! You can look on Pinterest for your very own ideas on how to do this.
This is where life gets exciting! Our faith is fulfilled and renewed. We have a sense of purpose and self. We can see God’s love. We are thankful! But most of the time we just move on to the next prayer right? Of course we give thanks for the answer but than there you go! Next! There are more prayers or continuing prayers that we jump to next. Such is life…we move on.
How many times do we just passed by answered prayers? If we are not living in our prayers, do we even know when they have been answered? This is why I am creating a prayer journal. I want to remember what I have prayed for and when they are answered. I can give thanks that He loves me and wants to help me! I can also live in my answered prayers.
What About Unanswered Prayers
The most challenging aspect of faith comes when we ask and it is not received. Or we have the perception that it is not received. Or even worse, we believe we are not worthy to have our prayers answered.
There are two things to keep in mind when dealing with unanswered prayers. First is, God rewards the faithful. Ask yourself are you truly faithful in Him? Do you believe He wants to answer your prayers? And most important, are you allowing Him to answer your prayers? This is incredibly important. I like the analogy of praying to win the lotto. Do you pray to win the lotto but have never bought a ticket? God can create miracles, no doubt about that, but maybe we should give Him a little help out…just a thought!
The second thing is we are a religion based on Faith. Mathew 21:22 states: “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Have a little faith that God knows what is best. If He gave you everything you wanted at the moment you wanted it I don’t think we would truly be happy. We think we would but God knows better. I can not tell you how many times I prayed for a family and a child. I’ve always wanted kids. In truth, if I had my prayers answered when I started praying I would not be and happy and productive a mother as I am today. God knew that I was meant to be more than a mother. I was meant to help others on their mothering journey as well. I couldn’t have done that a few years ago. So be patience and do not put a timeline on answers. Again, a prayer journal will help you with this. When looking back through a years worth of prayers you may be surprised how many were answered you didn’t even realize. So don’t discount unanswered prayers there is a reason for it and it is so much bigger than you know!
This week our focus is on living in our answered prayers. This week I want you to think about a prayer that God has answered for you. Perhaps it is something big like pregnancy or a job. Or it can be something small like getting through a meeting or getting dinner done on time without burning it. Whatever the prayer that has been answered I want you to focus and live in that prayer before moving onto praying for the next step. For example, maybe you have prayed to become pregnant and you finally are! Yes! Naturally, you want to now start praying for a healthy pregnancy, maybe you want to pray for a girl (or boy), or that your other kids will accept this new baby. These are all wonderful, valid prayers that you should pray…eventually. Right now, I want you to push pause on your prayer button, and switch into a mode of gratitude. I want you to live in this moment of answered prayer! Enjoy the gift God has given you!
In your prayer journal or just on a piece of paper:
1. Write down the prayer that God answered. I always make you write out things because it makes the exercise more intentional.
2. Breathe into this prayer. Take many deep breaths, making each one longer than the next and when you exhale focus on the gratitude you feel for having your prayer answered. You can even hold the paper or journal you wrote you prayer on while doing this. Finish your breaths by verbally thanking God for the prayer that He granted you.
3. Take an appropriate amount of time to live in your prayer before asking for something else. Live in a state of gratitude.
Now. You may be asking yourself what was the purpose of this exercise? Doesn’t God want to answer our prayers? Of course He does! And He does so without asking us to thank Him. He will continue to grant you your prayers even if you don’t thank Him. He does this because He is good! But He also deserves our devotion, our worship and our thanks.
This is a relationship strengthening exercise. We all know that a relationship only works if both parties work at making it work. When looking at our relationship with God we should not be takers. We need to give Him the praise and gratitude He deserves. Slow down and live your prayers. Enjoy your gifts. This way you, can appreciate the magnanimity of His goodness! It is awe-inspiring! It is wondrous! And it will change your life! So I encourage you, even if its just for a few hours, to live your answered prayers.
Blessings Joyful Mamas!
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