The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16bIn this post, I wrote about how God was working on me in the area of prayer. I have been studying what fervent, effective prayer looks like. The definition that hit me the hardest was...
... that we we do not quit easily. It means we purposefully spend sufficient time in intercession. The word "sufficient" really, truly got me......sufficient doesn't have a time limit.
I have to admit, 95% of the time (or more), I have a time limit on my prayer......I have 30 minutes before the kids get up........I have a meeting at 9:00 and can pray till then, etc. I very rarely sit down to pray with NO specific time to stop allowing the HS to guide me.
As I have been starting my prayer journal back up, I realized that God is still working on me in this....basically praying till it is done. I don't believe we can do this all the time, but there are times we just need to remain in prayer till it is finished.
That is hard to do at home. There are so many distractions....and I am easily distracted.
So, I decided to try something new that a good friend of mine uses......a prayer labyrinth. There is a church in downtown Little Rock that has a prayer labyrinth open to the public and today I set aside the afternoon and went down there.
Now, there is nothing mystical or magical about a prayer labyrinth. It is just a tool that you use to really focus on God and your relationship with Him. As you step on to the labyrinth, the point is to hand over to God all the things that are coming between your relationship or hindering it......sin, fears, troubles, etc. Each step, you hand over one thing. You don't take another step until you can hand that item fully over to Him.
Somethings are easy.....some are not.....some happen fast.....some do not......some have to be visited several times.
Once you reach the center, you are hopefully fully open for the Holy Spirit to speak. It is the place to be quiet and let God speak to your heart. Oh my word, how wonderful this was.
When you feel you have heard from God, you walk the labyrinth backwards.....this time praising God for who He is, what He has done, answers He has given you, forgiveness, etc.
I stepped onto the labyrinth with a heavy heart......and some very specific areas where I needed direction.....
......I stepped off the labyrinth.......2 hours later........completely at peace. Knowing my God had met me there and spoken to my heart.
I think I am closer to understanding fervent and effective prayer.......