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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 10

January 13, 2010

Scripture to Memorize:

She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax

and works with eager hands.

Proverbs 31:12-13

Passage to Read: James 5:15-17 Today’s passage is about prayer and how when offered in faith they are answered.

Guided Prayer: Today’s guided prayer starts out with a confession…do you need to confess to not always offering prayers up in faith that they will be answered? I know I do. I love to watch my younger two boys pray — their prayers are always (at least the ones I’ve heard) offered with a faith that they will be answered (and in the affirmative). Talk about a childlike faith — I need that, what about you? The second portion of today’s prayers was thanking God for promising to hear our prayers and raise up those who are sick. Then today’s guided prayer had me confessing my sins so that nothing would hinder my prayers being answered. Ask God to show you someone you can trust to confess your sins and be held accountable; someone who will challenge you to become more than you are. Follow-up this confession with more thank yous for the assurance that the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective. Claim your right to stand on the righteousness of Christ, because it is through His sacrifice we have the right to ask and believe that we will receive answers when we pray.

Personal: Are you a discerning woman? Donna points out that a discerning woman knows when to cease from human labors and when to fold her eager hands in prayer. This caught my attention: “We often hear teaching on the importance of tithing our money. Let me suggest that you seriously consider tithing your time in prayer. You can do the quick math: that’s about two and a half hours per day. Before you stop and complain, think — how many hours a day do you breathe? I don’t know about you but I’m pretty certain I do it 24 hours a day. We are told we are to be praying without ceasing (just as we breathe without ceasing if we want to continue to live) so tithing our prayers should be something we should work on, don’t you agree? Now, we need to realize that prayer isn’t just something we do — it should become a mindset, an attitude so to speak. In Colossians (4:2), Paul tells us to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”. We need to start each day with prayer and watch for God, ask Him what His priorities are for our day (much like we should ask our husbands what their priorities for us are). Have you ever just felt the need to pray (for yourself or someone else)? That’s what Donna calls a God-prompted prayer. Donna says those are the prayers that often seem to get the most dramatic and immediate results. Unfortunately, we’ll miss those prompts if we aren’t open to them or looking for them. Do you realize the purpose of prayer is to bring heaven’s power to bear on earth’s circumstances? Take time each morning and throughout the day to listen, jot down in your notebook what you sense God is saying to you and focus your prayers accordingly. Are your prayers a two-way conversation or are they a glorified gripe session? Which would you rather be on the receiving end of; which do you think God would rather hear?

Practical Application: Adopt an attitude of prayer and watchfulness, carry it with you throughout the day and be thankful. In your notebook, if you haven’t already, create a PRAYER page in your TAG section. Note prayer requests others share with you, the things God lays on your heart. One thing I suggest you also include is a space after each request so that you can write down when it was answered. This way when times are tough you can look back and see all the answered prayers!

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