Welcome back to Week 3 of the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge!
This week’s Spiritual Focus is Prayer.
I was recently listening to a podcast where the man said that some Christians today have more of a “Cruise Ship” mentality than a “War Ship” mentality. What he meant was that some Christians seem to want to live their life trying to entertain themselves. Parents have become the “Fun Directors” of the family. But we cannot fulfill the great commission this way! Instead – we need to remember that we are at war against the enemy of our souls.
1 Peter 5:6-9 says:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
God wants us to bring all of our worries and cares to him in prayer. Why? Because there is an enemy who wants to devour us. And when that enemy strikes, we will only be able to stand firm in God’s strength.
Since this week is a holiday week – it may be harder than most to squeeze time in for prayer. Some of us are traveling, others are hosting Thanksgiving at our house or have big shopping plans and decorating plans.
Finding time to pray is not going to be easy!
In the past, I have described prayer as a wrestling match.
Have you experienced this? You sit down to pray, and within one minute your brain is distracted? I start thinking about my to-do list, or I get interrupted by the kids or worse, I drift off to sleep!
It’s like a thousand invisible enemies seem to fill the air the minute I sit down to pray.
One way I fight off the enemy is by continuing to daily light my candle and each time the flicker of the candle catches my eye – I am reminded to pray.
Another way I remember to pray more often is to set an alarm on my iPhone. Some days I set the alarm every hour to go off throughout the day. I discovered this idea 9 years ago and the day I started doing it – I created a short 2 minute video about how our day was going. Here’s the video below from 2009 (back when I was a blond. Lol!)
Another solution to my wandering mind is to journal my prayers. For over 25 years, I have kept a prayer journal. Sometimes I write prayer lists and other times I write long letters to God.
Recently, I opened one of my large bins filled with my old journals and I sat down and read one notebook after another. I was moved to tears by some of the things I had forgotten that God had done in my life or the ways that God had comforted me through dark times and blessed me in good times.
I cannot recommend journaling highly enough.
My journals have never been costly but they are priceless to me.
I love what Edith Shaeffer has written about the power of journaling. She says:
“God has communicated with us in writing. His Word, the Bible…So writing our pleas, our praise, our prayers – this is not a one-sided communication. God will hear, and He will answer…It’s a relaxed and protected comforting communication with one’s Father, Shepherd, Friend, Counselor and mighty God. He is Personal – and therefore we can speak and write to Him in a personal and intimate communication.”
So though it’s hard to fit long extended prayer times into our daily lives – it is possible and it is precious and worth fighting for.
So let’s make a plan to pray this week! Grab a journal, set your alarms, light your candles, or simply fall on your knees and go to the Lord in prayer. He loves you and He is listening!
Week 3 – Challenge
Keep your candles burning, the music playing and purchase a small bouquet of flowers for yourself. Like the candle and the music, let the flowers serve you with their beauty and be a daily reminder of God’s love for you.
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
So let’s get started!
**Share with us – What’s your plan? And can our community pray for you? If you have a prayer request – leave it in the comment section below.
Have a great week in prayer and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🙂
For daily encouragement during this challenge
don’t forget to follow me out on –> Instagram!
The ALL NEW 3-Month Habit Trackers are
available on Amazon NOW.
These newly released 3-Month Habit Trackers are a great companion guide to our series but they ARE NOT necessary to join us!
These trackers include a Prayer Request Tracker, Proverbs Tracker, Old and New Testament Tracker, Sleep Tracker, Calorie Tracker, Health Tracker, Housework Tracker, Notes Tracker, Gratitude Tracker, Meal Planning Tracker plus 90 Journaling Pages in the back.
All three Habit Trackers have identical interiors.
This post contains an affiliate link.