Maybe the world isn’t as dependent on my super powers as I think.
Maybe the best thing for everyone is that I fall short. That I crumble in a heap of regret and frustration. And as I land in a pile, I accidentally activate the hidden switch that opens the secret passage of power.
If I had been successfully hitting my goals I never would have found this place.
My best skill and greatest success don’t even compare to the power I find here.
So I enter this private room, this secret world.
And I get down on my 50-year-old knees and access divine power.
Ann Voskamp says, “It’s not what you do every now and then that changes anything, but what you do *every day* that changes everything.”
The incessant drip of water cuts through stone. Drop by drop.
I’m thankful for the experience and encouragement of wise people to help me persist in prayer. Paul Miller offers practical encouragement in “A Praying Life.”
His prayer card system helps me activate the secret power of incessant, persistent prayer – that changes everything.
I’ve taken 3×5 index cards and put the name of a person at the top. As I pray for them individually, I ask God to give me the main topics that He wants to address in each life. They range from character traits to specific Scripture to getting braces. I write down about five or six on each card.
And my little tools are ready.
I pick up my stack of cards each day, take off the rubber band, and lift these beloved ones to the Father for a minute or two on each card.
Drip, drip, drip.
How thankful I am to join God in the mystery of prayer! Somehow He makes His power partly dependent on my prayers.
It reminds me of when the angel spoke to Daniel. “Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.” Daniel 10:12
So the power of prayer- and the tool of index cards- fills me with hope.
Hope that little by little, in a way that I don’t understand- my loved ones will experience the love of Jesus, find joy in their work, and maybe get braces.
An incidental by-product of these private times of intercession- my heart becomes more closely knit to my Father’s heart.
And I’m filled up with the wonder that this is what I’m made for. I’m made to deeply connect with God.
Maybe that’s part of why He created prayer in the first place. That he may connect with me on the deepest, unseen, spiritual level. The place too deep for words. Where the Spirit translates our tears and sighs into intercession.
“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
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