For some people prayer seems to come naturally, it pours off their lips like sweet nectar. We can even be envious of another person’s ability to pray, as their heartfelt words sound like music to the soul. For others, prayer is like walking through a room full of mouse traps with a raw egg on a spoon… hoping you can make it to the other side with out falling. We can recognize the preciousness of what we are carrying (sweet words to the Lord), we understand the importance of our task (to honor and praise Him, to confess and surrender to Him), and yet the words just do not flow at all.
There are those whom the Lord has anointed the spiritual gift of intercessory prayer. While we are not to covet or try and take a gift that was not intended of us, prayer is not an exclusive gift that only some of us get. The scriptures give us multiple examples of people who cried out to the Lord, written prayers of the saints, and even Jesus himself was asked: Lord, how do we pray? He answered with The Lord’s Prayer. Prayer is something that we are all called to participate in, and yet a common area new believers (and even some seasoned believers) stumble through.
Here is the GOOD NEWS… a prayer can be as simple as crying out the Lord… Oh, God! For the Lord knows what is on our hearts and what burdens us. He knows the trouble we face, He understands the words that we fail to utter in our despair. The Lord is also patient, and He will listen as you unload every word running through your head… whether it is in eloquent sentences or broken up by sobs. He mourns when we mourn, because He loves us so deeply. He rejoices when we pray to Him in thankfulness and praise. He hears the hushed tone Thank you, Lord as much as the loud Thank You JESUS for your blessings of which I do not deserve!
Yet, there is MORE good news. When we want to understand more about how to pray, the scriptures are there to answer that need. We will learn what TO DO and what NOT to do in our prayer life. We have the example of The Lord’s Pray, and the prayers of others who have come before us. In addition, we have books that can help us improve our prayer life. Whether it is a book of sample prayers, books that have pulled out the prayers directly from the scriptures, and books that walk you through the process of praying from your own heart.
As Women’s Ministry Leaders we can help foster an attitude of prayer in our church by modeling prayer in our personal lives. We can also help foster a posture of prayer in the lives of the women in our church by helping them develop prayer habits. Prayer teams do not need to be made up of only those who excel in prayer. They can be a great place to put women who desire to deepen their prayer life. Prayer rooms can provide direction and resources, as well as women who are available to help model prayer to those who walk in those doors.
Another option is to begin an intentional step toward developing good prayer habits by adding Prayer to your Small Groups menu. This weekend the women in attendance at our training event will be receiving a copy of Susan Hunt’s Prayers of the Bible study book and leader guide. Not only is this a great opportunity to talk with your existing small group leaders, about having a small group focused on prayer… but it is a great introduction to get NEW small group leaders in place. If you have a woman who is already a prayer warrior, but didn’t think she could be a small group leader… WHAT A GREAT WAY TO GET HER STARTED! This would allow her to get her feet wet in the leader process while leading a subject that is already near and dear to her heart.
Thank You P&R Publishing for your support in our upcoming Women’s Ministry Council training event on Prayer and Worship & their role in our Women’s Ministry programs!