When the decade turned and we entered this new year of 2020, I didn’t really have any resolutions or big changes I wanted to make. To be honest, I feel like I was ending 2019 on a really blessed note, feeling happy with my life and everything in it. I didn’t want to change that or make life harder by imposing rigid resolutions upon myself!
But alas, over this past week of the new year, the Spirit of God has spoken to my heart and urged me in one area that HE wants to change: my prayer life.
I will admit, despite saying simple prayers with my kids before bed each night , throwing up a shout of praise when life was going well, and occasionally crying out to God when I was feeling weary and needed an extra dose of His strength, my prayer life last year post-seminary was lukewarm at best.
I recently have the impression on my heart from God to commit to a deeper prayer life this year, and that by doing so, I will witness a greater extent of His power and what He is able and willing to do in my life and the lives of those around me through prayer.
I feel Him nudging me to pray in my classroom in the mornings before the kids arrive and to watch how the atmosphere flourishes as a result. I feel Him urging me to fall on my knees as I pray about my families' finances and our desire for a new home and to witness Him move mountains on our behalf to provide more abundance than we could have imagined on our own. I feel Him calling me to pray for my husband and children and to watch His great favor cover them not only in this year but throughout the course of their lives.
And I also felt an urge to share these things God has been whispering on my heart with you. I hope that you too will desire a deeper prayerful relationship with the Lord this year, no matter where you're starting from.
But honestly, sometimes this concept of prayer can feel overwhelming. It's often hard to even know where to start. So I've been thinking on (and praying about- ha!) how to enhance my prayer life, and am sharing here five tips to help you and me experience new power through prayer in 2020!