A Prayer for Clear Vision

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Every Saturday during the 31 Days to Life Unstuck series I will offering up a prayer. I hope these prayers will encourage you to come before God with your own requests, worries and hopes.


Lord, you created each one of us in your image, unique reflections of your glory and love. Help us to see the strengths you’ve given us. Help us not to waste our time clamoring after what you’ve given someone else, but to see the gifts we already possess. You state in your word that we are your masterpiece, created to do good works you planned for us. You have plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Thank you for loving us enough to create us uniquely and individually. Thank you for caring about each intricate detail of our lives, and letting us take part in the universal story you are weaving. Your work is good and complete, lacking nothing.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

(Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11)

 

*This post is part of the #Write31Days challenge. You can find all posts for this series here.

A Prayer for Focus

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Every Saturday during the 31 Days to Life Unstuck Series I’ll be offering up a prayer. I believe God will use our prayers to open doors and reveal himself in new ways. Will you also lift up a prayer for a person in your life who’s feeling stuck today? Thanks for being on this journey with us.


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Lord, the rain outside has been falling for almost a week straight but we know even though we can’t see the sun, it’s still here.

In the same way, we often go through seasons when you seem distant. We want to feel the peace of your presence but the problems of this world beg for our attention, shifting our focus and making our ground feel shaky.

But Lord, we know faith goes beyond feeling. Today, we are claiming your peace because you promise it in your Word. We are fixing our eyes on you because you are the Author and the Finisher.

We are acting out our faith in prayer, knowing that you will answer because you are a good and loving God. Help us to see areas in our lives which keep us from your peace.

In Jesus Name, 

Amen

 

*This is post three of the #Write31Days challenge. You can find all of the posts in this series here.

Praying Upside Down: A Book Review

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I’ve been in a prayer rut without even realizing it.

I approach it like a to-do list, checking each person off an unseen piece of paper and moving on with my day. And the beauty is that God still hears these prayers and answers them, but I’m discovering my conversations with him can be so much richer.

When I first heard about Kelly O’Dell Stanley’s book, Praying Upside Down, I was intrigued. What did praying upside down mean? It seemed almost uncanny to me, but I had to know more.

As soon as I read the introduction, I was hooked. Kelly explains how artist Betty Edwards discovered the revolutionary concept of studying a subject upside down while drawing it.

What she found is that portraits became more accurate, because instead of relying on memory and the information our brains store from past experience, the artists paid more attention to details. They picked up on abnormalities they would normally miss.

So what does this have to do with prayer? Author and graphic designer, Kelly, soon discovered it had everything to do with it.

Praying upside down is introduced to her as she is trying to sell her home while remodeling her family’s newly purchased one. I was immediately drawn into her story. As my husband and I are currently dealing with a similar situation, I could feel the author’s anxiety and frustration while she tried to juggle two houses.

Everything changes when God prompts Kelly to pray for the future buyer of her house instead of praying for her own situation. Although it seems irrational, she soon discovers by praying for the buyer, she glimpses a bigger picture God is weaving, which is far greater than anything she could imagine.

The author goes on to explain how the ways we often see God can be skewed and points out obstacles which obstruct our view. Often, we think God hasn’t answered our prayers because he doesn’t give us the response we wanted. The author is all too familiar with this delusion, as she asked God to heal her mom of cancer. Although God did not heal her in the way Kelly wanted, she did experience ultimate healing.

My heart ached for Kelly as she told this story, as I know I have all too often had a similar reaction when God didn’t answer prayers the way I desired. What she discovers in looking back is that God was there all along caring for her and her family in ways she didn’t even see at the time because she was consumed with her own grief and loss.

He was standing right behind me, arms stretched wide open, never leaving my side, crying along with me, absorbing my pain as his own. Page 71

If you’re in a place where you feel like your prayers are stagnant or reverberating off the ceiling, please pick up a copy of Kelly’s book. She has stretched me to explore prayer in ways I never knew possible. Some chapters end with a Prayer Palette exercise, which will show you how to see and approach prayer from a different perspective.

Through reading this book, I’ve seen that my prayers are only limited by my own perception. With a limitless God who turns the world upside down in the best ways, my prayers can go further than I ever dreamed.

You can pick up a copy of Praying Upside Down on Amazon or at your local bookstore.

 

A free copy of Praying Upside Down was provided to me by The Blythe Daniel Agency in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.