A long time ago I realize that
1. A cynical God-hater
2. A prayer warrior
The first one's easy. It's easy to be mad when you say, "Here I am; send me!" and you're not going anywhere. It's easy to get frustrated, host pity parties, and play the blame game when doors slam repeatedly.
But lucky for me, I've got friends making sure I come out to be the latter.
Friends all across the country praying me through. Friends checking up on me to see how I'm doing and encouraging me. I am blessed. Plus, I've got friends who serve as great role models for that prayer warrior thing.
Amy: I wish tomorrow was Saturday.
Nikki: No, no, no we're not wishing away days!
Amy: I'm not wishing it away. I'm wanting two Saturdays in a row. Let's pray about that.
From the other room, Stacy heard the word "Pray" and came running in.
Stacy: Pray about what?
That's who I want to be: the girl who seeks out and seizes every available opportunity to pray. Not just at church or small group. Not just before meals or when people share prayer requests. Every minute of every day. Alone, in groups, for needs voiced, and those unspokens.
I remember watching a brother and sister in Christ converse. He was borderline upset, angry. She was super upset, teary. He set aside his own situation to slowly calm her down. As their conversation drew to a close and her eyes dried, he reached over, grabbed her shoulder, and lifted her concerns to the Lord.
That's who I want to be. The friend who doesn't just say, "I'll pray for you" but does--right then and there.
I've had the urge to do it yet I've swallowed it. I want the courage to act on that prompting of the Holy Spirit.
I don't want to be cynical and crabby for the rest of my life. It'd be too easy.
So instead, I'm going to work on this prayer warrior thing. It's not a destination but rather a journey. There will always be room for improvement. It's hard and uncomfortable. But it's necessary.
Will you help me practice? Leave me a prayer request in the comments section (or email it to me or Tweet it or text or your contact method of choice) and you bet it'll be prayed. Maybe even more than once. ;-)