Praying for life
Dana Allen asks if your life lacks excitement – and believes prayer is one way to recapture it ...
Thinking back over 2012, what was the most exciting thing that has happened to you?, asks DANA ALLEN
When I first asked myself this question, I searched my brain for all the BIG things in life that can happen to us: the birth of a long-awaited child, the marriage of a loved one, the baptism of a friend or even a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.
Well, none of these happened. Did I lead such a mundane, middle-class life that I couldn’t think of one single, exciting thing? Where was that great adventure God promised me when I moved here from the USA 18 years ago?!
In January, five of us friends reviewed the year 2012. We are a ladies’ prayer group called Praying for Life and as we looked back through our prayer journals for 2012, I soon realized that my perspective on my life was all wrong.
The most exciting things I’d done in 2012 were experiences of how God worked in my life. I was looking at my life and seeing ‘mundane and uneventful’. God looked at my life and saw ‘exciting, exhilarating, fulfilling and dynamic’. When we, as a group, reflected on what God had done in 2012 and gave thanks for it, the meeting was electric! God answered so many prayers that we lost count.
Prayers included the healing for a broken foot, brain surgery and neck surgery successful, exams passed, forgiveness, comfort and peace given, more schools opened to having a Christian drama troupe take assemblies, finances provided where needed, guidance through the dark times, and unconditional love and comfort given.
I am learning that one of the most thrilling and fulfilling things we can do is pray.
Because God answers our prayers. Some 17 years ago, the Lord encouraged me to form a women’s prayer group, Praying for Life, specifically focused on praying for our non-believing spouses. We meet regularly to pray and God moves powerfully. As we partner with God in prayer, He works in our lives and in the lives of others. How can you join this exciting adventure?
Start praying: You must believe that God answers prayers and promises to listen to you and be with you and give you the desires of your heart. Our Heavenly Father is extravagant with his love for us, his much-loved daughters (and sons). 1 John 3:1 says “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Form a group: Get together and pray. James 5:13-17 encourages us to pray when we are in trouble, when we are happy or are sick or when we have sinned and must confess. He reminds us that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. So, help one another in your journeys, encourage one another, support one another, love one another, pray for one another, care for one another, forgive one another, confess your sins to one another.
Your Praying for Life group will be a place where you can find unconditional love and acceptance, where God shows up and moves in you, amongst you and through you. On the Praying for Life website, there is information that will help you to start a group. It’s easy and I’m there to help answer any questions, too.
Leave the timing of your prayers/life to God: There are many things in my life that have yet to be answered, but we’re all on a journey with Him. He is faithful and good and the plans and purposes he has for our lives are good and right and true and give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Is your life exciting? I promise you that prayer is key in your relationship with the Lord and the exciting life He has in store for you.
Dana Allen moved from the USA to the UK in 1995 with her husband and children. She has worked as a lecturer for many years and is currently involved in a drama troupe, bringing the message of God’s love to primary school children through drama, art and folkdance. She is also a founding member of Praying for Life and is passionate to see women, and their families, transformed by the power of God’s love and truth in their lives.