Why is it that the biggest-most important things to our hearts are the things that we (sometimes) hide? We have friends that know the littlest details of our lives, but don't know what our heart is yearning for most.
I learned to ask a question this week that has flipped my relationships upside down:
What's your biggest prayer right now?
I realized that there were friends who shocked me with their responses. We are in Christian community--how could I miss something like this?!
I think it's because the way these things build up in our hearts. If you have a relationship with God, one that you truly pursue, you probably know what I'm talking about. It starts as a little desire and then slowly, over a lot of prayer, turns into a passion that can't be put out. Most of the time, it pushes our imagination and expectation of what God can do to the limit.
That's why, for me, I'm not the first to share those parts of my heart. My biggest prayers are always where I want (I NEED) God to move most in my life.
I asked some women that I'm close to what their biggest prayer currently is:
"Um... that I will be bold and courageous, and do hard things. I want to be diligent in what God has called me to do by faith, but my comfort doesn't want me to."
"That my sister would come back to Jesus and her marriage."
"I'm expecting God to raise a generation of people who will change the world for His kingdom's sake."
"Praying for strength for my family to endure when things get hard and for lost friends."
"I pray that God would bring my hometown to their knees in surrender to His love."
"Hmmmm... :) Just clarity, peace, direction for some big life decisions coming up to do with my job, our family, etc..."
What about you, beloved? What is your biggest prayer right now? What is the yearning of your heart? What has God begun to prepare you for? God made you for a specific purpose, to play an unforgettable role in His kingdom. He's not waiting for you to be perfect, He's waiting for you to pray and step out in action.
Pray big. Except big. God is so much bigger than any prayer we have on our hearts.
Jacque is the Missional Women Intern and a college student in Denver, CO who balances her time between trying to go to class and learning about His saving grace and perfect love as much as she can. She is a twenty something, DIY attempting, Jesus loving, Denver living, small town rooted, Colorado sports fan. She loves black coffee, long conversations and watching people do what God created them for. You can find her Christian Twenty Somethings blog at Desperately Dependent.
Your words about not waiting to be perfect strike me right between the eyes! I think I need to be this or that when He created me and I am me. I am praying BIG for a number of things but the one I want to share here is that I could be the gift to the world in my path that my Giver made me to be, whatever that may be.
4/4/2017 09:06:51 am
Jacque - I think sometimes its hard for us to get real with ourselves let alone others. Like, if we speak out what is in our heart then some how, they will be snatched away. I love you heart and I love that you remind us, He isn't looking for perfection, but He is looking for us to step out and move - one step at a time. Right now, the thing I am praying for, is that God gives me His Grace and love to pastor and lead the people in our church that my husband and I are overseeing. That my heart would see them the way, He does and that I would always be loving and kind to those more, uhm, well prickly pear people. Blessings dear one. Your Neighbor today at #Unite
4/4/2017 01:54:53 pm
Oh I love this so much! As a Pray-er and Expecter... this is my jam! He's better than we think --even if we think He's pretty good!
4/5/2017 08:29:11 am
Your neighbor at the linkup. All our hope is in our faithful God who hears our hearts-cry and answers in His perfect wisdom and according to His perfect timing. We must wait watchfully and patient. Thank you Lord for the privilege of prayer.Thank you for this reminder to keep running to the Lord. May your soul be refreshed as you seek Him with you whole heart.
Hi Jacque! It does seem like our deepest prayers remain inside of us, and I guess that's because we're never asked what we are praying for, or what our needs are. Good for you for asking!
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