I'm a person of prayer not because of some kind of self-appointment but because I have found it to be quite the way to grab a hold of God. I had grandmothers who lived and achieved God's best because they made sure to pray. They also gave me the greatest wealth I inherited: a Godly spiritual legacy where prayer is our foundation for living.
I find myself in a season where prayer is not diminishing. There's no "forget God for a little while." I find myself praying more intently than before. Still, my words often fail me. Barriers are big, situations seem impossible and that's when I find my prayers to be invaluable.
I also find myself in a season of great discovery. My dear grandmothers taught me the discipline of prayer. My parents taught me the love for prayer. My Sunday School teachers and mentors taught me the Biblical basis of prayer but life has taught me the infallible need for prayer.
When words fail me, I hold on to God's unfailing Words. When the enemy of my soul tries to discourage me, I find in God all the strength that I need. I know His joy is my strength.
Prayer has never been about showmanship for me. It's about making sure the spiritual (wo)man shows up before her God. Prayer has been humbling because I remember my complete dependance on Almighty God. It has also has been empowering because of my position as a daughter of the King.
I have learned that the last thing I need to do as a person of prayer is to get "discouraged without a deadline." A few weeks ago I thought that "discouragement without a deadline" is quite counter-productive because much prayer needed to be done. I find that God and His people are very helpful when it comes to getting me out of the prayerlessness funk. God first because He is my source and people second because great spiritual mentors can help me see what I can't see and they can help me mature as we both go forward from faith to faith.
I realize this has been quite the reflective post my friends. I hope you can be encouraged to get in God's presence and pray as a habit. It's not always easy, convenient or predictable. The results of a life in the prayer closet are seen from the light of Christ that shines from the inside out.
Go ahead and set some time aside to pray today my friend. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.