Seeker: Journey into Prayer

Journey into prayer

What comes to mind when you think of prayer? Do you pray? How do you pray? Do you believe there is power when you pray?

I think I have always believed in “the power of prayer” – a term I now understand to mean 1) that God gives power to his people, and 2) that this power is what welcomes our God to move on this earth… in subtle or in mighty ways.

I believe that if we accept and believe in the power God gives us in prayer, and if we pray in tune with the spirit of truth, then our prayers become reality. The kingdom of God comes to earth in this reality.

Most of you reading this particular post will probably know these lines of an old hymn: “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him/How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er”. In my own life, I know that I know that there is power in prayer because of how my God has proven himself to me… though He doesn’t have to.

So, again, do you believe there is power when you pray?

If so, do you exercise that power?

In the past few months since I’ve left the world of brain fog and chronic illness behind, God has been good to gently convict and inspire me to continue on with what He has called me to do…and who he has called me to be. He has done this through my working with our church youth group last year, through my marriage, through the wise men at Christmas, and through his beautiful Holy Spirit that speaks truth and life.

So when I was asking him what he wanted from me in this new year, it was clear.

He calls me (and you) to be a prayer warrior. SEEKERS, chasing after His kingdom with purpose and intention, claiming his power to work on earth.

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I want to spend this year actively seeking after God (and what he wants) in prayer.

What does this mean for me, and for us as an online community? We have several posts lined up around the idea of being a “seeker”. These will be spread out throughout the year to encourage and uplift you. They cover three areas on how to:

  1. Ask – BUILD FAITH. Because we do serve a God of power. But if we don’t claim that – if we don’t actively believe and seek God in prayer – then we may never experience the fullness of God’s power and plan. That would be sad, and here at “A Little Sanctuary”, we want to aim for joy and contentment. So we need to build faith to pray… faith to move mountains.

  2. Seek – USE TOOLS. Because God has given us soooo many. He has given us other people. He gives us our minds, our bodies, our spirits. He gives us the Bible and the Holy Spirit. We have creativity, imagination… and Pinterest. 🙂 Bullet Journaling is really helping me to pray, so I’d love to share some of that with you.

  3. Knock – PRESS IN. It’s ultimately about God, and about being one-on-one in an intimate relationship with him. This is ultimate contentment… and fullness of joy. So we will have posts aimed at helping you to press in, seek, and find that intimacy. We want our hearts to be like the heart of God. Because when our hearts align, our prayer life is not only powerful, it is life-changing, fulfilling, purpose-giving. Not to mention pleasing to our God.

In preparing for this year at the sanctuary, God has just been blowing me away by how vast and beautiful the world of prayer is. This is by no means a boring subject. This prayer thing is freedom. This is liberation.

This is powerful.

I’d love to do this year collectively with you… this idea of “seeking” after God. One thing about prayer is that God wants his people to do it both individually and in community. I believe “A Little Sanctuary” can be part of community, and I will be praying on what that could look like. I invite you to do the same.

I would love to see comments and messages from you all via our Fbook page. I’d love to see stories of how God has spoken to you in prayer – how you’ve experienced God’s power in prayer. And I’d love to post some of your stories to encourage and edify other readers that come here via Pinterest and search engines.

Head over to the Facebook page to get in on this journey.

Nga mihi,

Ashley Ruth

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