Since our church began having prayer meetings 18 months ago, I have changed. Now, I know people may be reading this, thinking there is no way they want to pray out loud in front of people. Well, this list is for you!
1. My legacy. When I was growing up, my Mom and her friends would get together once a week after we went to school. They would drink tea and pray for all of us. All these years later, the other ladies still pray together. They still pray for our family. As a kid, I didn’t think much about it, but I now know it was and is huge. They consistently took time to talk to God about their lives as a group. My girls see me leave twice a month for our prayer meetings. It is making an impact on them that they might not realize for years.
2. It has helped me become more comfortable praying out loud. I no longer think ahead of time about what I am going to say. I don’t try to sound spiritual and deep. It is just me talking to God. I pray when I feel led and soak up the other prayers. I am learning not to complicate it!
3. I have become a known prayer warrior. After I started asking for requests, people I never would have guessed have asked for prayer. Friends started asking for prayer other days too. They trust me with personal issues that I wouldn’t have known about and it has deepened these friendships. It is an honor and a privilege to bring others’ requests to God.
4. I have a better relationship with God. I now pray differently and have a better understanding of who God is. I have seen Him work in situations I wouldn’t have been aware were going on. There have been miracles as well as times I haven’t understood His reasons. But I know He is there, working in all of it.
5. I have new friends. Our church is large but feels smaller when you get to know people. The prayer team has bonded like a small group as we are together consistently. We pray for each other and encourage each other. I know I can trust them!
6. If I never took a step out and joined the NorthStar Church team, I would have missed so much. Praying in a group is special. We feel the Holy Spirit in the room in a way that I don’t feel other times. Everything falls away and it is just us having a conversation with God. I always walk away with more peace than I had coming in, no matter what is going on in my life.
Beyond these 6 are so many more things, and it is available to all of us. I believe God wants His children to be in the habit of praying with others, so He can show His power and His plan to us. Whether with family, friends, or other church members, we need to get past the excuses of fear and lack of time. We need to pray.
God is only using me and letting me experience these things because I am willing. Are you willing?