When was the last time someone said they would pray for you? As Christians, I think that sometimes we say we’ll pray for someone with as much meaning as we put into the phrase, “good morning.” Sometimes, it is said rather flippantly with no real intent; it’s just what you are supposed to say. I am ashamed to admit that I have done that. Have you? Read on for some new insight into the power of prayer.
Last weekend, I had the great privilege of attending the Speak Up Conference, hosted by Carol Kent. It is a conference for Christian writers and speakers, with educational break-out sessions, personal appointments with professionals, small group interactions and worship. Initially, I wasn’t sure I was going to attend. Last year was amazing, but I didn’t know if I could justify spending the money and time to attend every year. In the end I decided to go so that I could network and hopefully make some great business contacts at the event. I was hoping to market my speaking ministry, my devotional book, my personal coaching services and my new online coaching materials that will be available soon. I anticipated my business growing, but I did not anticipate my spiritual life growing during this weekend.
God obviously knew exactly what I needed, though, because it started within 5 minutes of entering the conference center. I was scheduled for a personal interview with Carol Kent to discuss my new online coaching course, “Loving Mondays: How to stop dreading the work week and start loving your life.” I got there early so that I could be calm and prepared. Then, all of a sudden, in rushed Yvonne. She was somewhat flustered because her drive in didn’t go as planned and she was running late. Her interview was scheduled just before mine. As we sat and waited, we talked casually and she asked me to pray for her. I agreed and as she entered the room to meet Carol, I prayed for her. After a short prayer, I went back to reviewing my material so that I would be prepared for my interview. When Yvonne was done, they took her out another door. I went in to do my interview and I probably wouldn’t have thought of that encounter again … except Yvonne and I were in a small group together later that night. As she and I greeted each other again she told me that she had looked all over for me and was perplexed as to why we didn’t see each other again after the interviews. I had exited out another door and shamefully hadn’t given Yvonne another thought. She, on the other hand, had spent the entire time on her knees praying for me and she wanted to know how it went.
As I pondered this later that night, I realized that I have a lot to learn about prayer. It is sad to say that I don’t really believe people when they say they’ll pray for me. Most people don’t. I am so used to it being meaningless Christian banter that it doesn’t carry very much weight. But, Yvonne meant it. I later learned that she has prayed for her Dad’s salvation for over 40 years – and just last week, he prayed to receive Christ as his Savior. She knows the power of prayer and she prays a lot. I was convicted that I do not put enough value in prayer. Because of the Speak Up Conference and my encounter with Yvonne, that is going to change.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
James 5:16 (ESV)
Sometimes, God uses events in unexpected ways to get our attention. Click To Tweet I attended the Speak Up Conference expecting to learn how to be a better speaker and writer. I hoped to make contacts that would grow my business. I hoped that I would be able to encourage someone else in their ministry or personal life. I did not expect to have a personal encounter with God on the power of prayer. I knew what I wanted out of the conference, but God knew what I needed. What about you? Is your prayer life exciting and energizing or is it as stale as an old piece of bread? If it’s on the stale side, let me encourage you to breathe new life into it and grow closer to God through prayer!
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