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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Prayer Warrior Wannabe: Transforming Your Prayer Life

How often have you found yourself sitting down to have a quiet moment of prayer and before a few minutes are up, your mind is totally focused on a completely different topic? The wandering mind syndrome is the most common obstacle to a powerful prayer life. It will keep us a Prayer Warrior Wannabe for our entire lives if we don't institute change.

How do we overcome this huge hurdle to our spiritual development? Believe it or not, there is an answer. By using a tool called a prayer journal, we will put a complete stop to our wandering mind, keeping our prayers and our heart focused on the Lord.

How is this done? We simply write down our prayers as we pray them. I promise you, it works. It's the only thing that has ever worked for me. I began a prayer journal almost 20 years ago at the insistence of a friend - who had other reasons for urging me to do this - and I'm still dependent on it today. Besides the many other benefits I have found over the years, it's the only thing that will keep me focused while I pray, enabling me to devote more time to this vital connection with God. The more time I spend in prayer, the longer I spend with My God. The more time I spend with God...the more peace and greater faith I have in His ability to handle all that concerns me, my family, my friends and my country.

God's desire is for us to bring everything to Him. He does not want us to make this journey on our own. He wishes for us to entrust all the issues of life to Him - unleashing His power to transform, change, strengthen and give wisdom in all the circumstances we face. His desire is to exchange our worry for His peace. That's His promise.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Phil 4:6-7

I will write more soon on this amazing tool - the Prayer Journal and how you can move from a Prayer Warrior Wannabe to a Powerful Person of Prayer.