During the month of November, I am writing about prayer. Prayer is the most personal way you can talk with the God that created you. You were meant to pray. You were meant to talk with God. Today I show a practical way to mark the days you come to God in prayer.
Week in and week out, my small group comes to God in prayer. We pray for the same things week in and week out. We pray for our husbands. We pray for complete healing for certain members facing big health setbacks. We pray for kids and parenting all the time. We pray for big decisions.
But, does God move? The answer is most decidedly yes. We have been faithful to bring our requests to God and God has been faithful to walk with us.
I wanted to mark a way to recognize this weekly act of faithfulness on both God’s and our parts. We are in a relationship with Him and it IS moving forward. How often do we forget that?
So, little Miss Tangible Learner over here thought and thought about a way to commemorate it. The Israelites built altars. What could we do?
God gave me this thought. What if we put marbles in a jar? What if at the end of each prayer session we took a minute to be quiet and listen to the chink, chink sound of marbles hitting the glass on the jar? The sound and action marks our faithfulness and God’s steadfast promise to hear our prayers.
So, we have started to do this and I think it helps. I love the sound of the marbles hitting the glass jar. It almost sounds like chimes marking the end of a service.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” ~1 John 5:14-15
I loved it so much for my group, I wanted to do the same at home for my family. To make it a little more homey, I created a little fall basket. My five-year-old daughter went hunting for acorns. Every time we pray, we all put an acorn in the jar. Even if only one of us prays before a meal, we all were a part of it. We all came before the LORD seeking Him.
It helps to hold us accountable because, above all things, I want my family and my Bible study small group to be people who pray. If dropping balls or acorns into a jar is enough motivation, then we will do it.
Whatever you can do to become a more faithful pray-er, do it. God delights in you. Imagine the most loving parent showing the most interest in a child’s day, times it by infinity, and you have God’s interest level in you.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” ~Ephesians 6:18
You are insanely loved by God and He wants to hear from you. Have fun with it and be amazed with all you learn. Sweet hugs.