I have walked a lot of days on this earth thinking about all the things I am not and all of the things I can not do. It is amazing to me how many times my mind has thought “I could never_________.” I could never be; I could never do; etc. I have thought this in a lot of areas of my life, spiritually being one of the most.
Years ago I started to understand the value of prayer. I have openly admitted for a long time prior that I felt like prayer was a waste of time. It didn’t seem to do much in this type A person’s mind. I wanted to accomplish, and prayer did not feel accomplishing. I certainly didn’t understand the little old ladies who were considered prayer warriors. If I’m honest, not only did I not understand them, I never thought I would be one.
Years later I started to see the value of prayer. First I recognized it is God who changes hearts and live, not me. So I created a prayer room at First Glance understanding that praying for this community has more impact than simply sitting at my desk doing all my “important work.” As I continued to value it and pray more, I really started to be amazed by it. God, the creator of the universe allows us to communicate with him! Yep, that’s amazing. Not ONLY does he give us an opportunity communicate, he then responds. The creator of the universe INTERACTS in our lives! I mean it doesn’t get much more amazing that that!!!
A few months ago I had a handful of different people comment on my prayer life. They mentioned how they feel like I’m a powerful pray-er. They trust where God is moving me in life and ministry because of my prayer life. Suddenly I realized that people consider me a prayer warrior! I don’t say these things because I want you to be impressed. I say them because two things shifted in me since my initial thought of “I will never be a prayer warrior.”
The first thing that shifted was my view of prayer. I really do understand how amazing it is that God, the creator of the universe, who spoke things into being, hears us and interacts in our lives! Prayer legitimately changes things! Over the years it really has become a huge part of my life.
The second, cue the after school special music, is that I realized I really can be anything I want. God uses people to be prayer warriors. Why not me? Why not you? We can attain spiritual growth and maturity in certain areas if we ask God for them. God graciously gives! The “I will never” phrases can be deleted from our minds!
On a side note, I would much prefer to be called a prayer ninja as ninjas wear all black and seem cooler. I keep telling my church to call our prayer team that, and I think it’s catching on 🙂