I’ve never prayed for a miracle before.
I pray a lot. I pray for my boys, our family, for loved ones who are sick, friends going through tough times… I pray for our church, for people in the world who are struggling and for many things that happen to be on my mind. I thank God for our blessings and ask Him to help me to use my gifts to honor Him.
I like to think of my prayers more as conversations. Little talks with God. Although some seem like WAY more than a little talk.
I do a lot of my praying when I run. It just works. It is my me time. The only real time that I don’t have any interruptions [except for the occasional dodging of traffic].
And I cover a lot of miles… so why not pray?
And I haven’t always prayed this way.
Growing up I always went to church with my family. My mom and dad provided a great foundation for God and Jesus and church. We went pretty much every Sunday…
But I don’t think it was until a few years ago that I really began to figure things out.
It became more than just “going every Sunday” and more about what I did when I wasn’t in worship (although our worship is incredible and is the foundation for my week)… praying and living my life the way God intended.
A dear friend of mine has been very instrumental in my journey of faith. I’ve grown more in the last few years because of her and all of the things she’s “given” to me. I was reminded this weekend of a time in Chicago we spent at a Worship Arts Conference… we attended a Hillsong United concert together and it was really the first time I dared to worship with no boundaries or worries of who was watching me. It was all about the moment and all about giving myself to God. The experience was amazing as the powerful vocals from the song The Stand filled the room… “So what can I say… what can I do… but offer this heart oh God… completely to You.” It was simply a moment I’ll cherish and one that I see as a springboard to my faith journey.
So, fitting I guess that the miracle I’m praying for, is for her.
She is one of the strongest individuals I know… but right now she needs our prayers more than ever. She is so precious to me and SO many others… I ask God every day (actually several times a day) to watch over her and her amazing family and to help heal her mind, body and spirit. And yes, the word “miracle” actually is a part of my prayer.
I realize that His answers may not come in a way that we can immediately recognize. I’m trying my best to be patient and listen for Him. I know a lot of people don’t think we should ask God for anything when we pray, but I don’t think He’d want it any other way!
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31