In the past months of constant change, I have forgotten one of my favorite parts of being a believer. I have acknowledged that it is missing, but I haven’t acted on finding it again. This morning I was watching a video about a prayerful mother that opened my heart to find it again.
I had been a believer for about three months when I learned first hand that God does hear our prayers. I was praying for my boyfriend and included a request that God let him know how much he was loved. Moments later the phone rang, it was my boyfriend. It was such a wild way to answer that prayer. No one but God knew I was praying for him.
I have filled journals with prayers over the decades I have walked with God. From the moment we married my hubby and I have made a point to recognize God in our relationship. I have written in a blessings journal all the ways God has provided for our family.
Yet, I have forgotten.
I forgot what it was like to whisper the secrets of my heart into the ear of my Heavenly Father. I have access to the One True God, it’s better than whispering my Christmas list into the ear of Santa Claus. The One who loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). The God who will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).
In The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Screwtape tells Wormwood, The best thing, where it is possible, is to keep the patient from the serious intention of praying altogether, (Letter IV). If the enemy has the goal of our forgetfulness, then he won this skirmish. I did forget that I have access to God without pomp and circumstance.
The enemy has been whispering in my ear and trying to get me to forget who I am and Whose I am. If I am in a battle as a believer fighting against the enemy then I need to live like it. Colossians 2:6 says Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Colossians 3:1-4 continues the thought, If then, you have been raised with Christ, seek the thing that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
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Paul continues, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:16-17).
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on acct of which I am in prison- that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsides, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:2-6).
If Paul knew we would need to be steadfast in prayer to continue in our faith, then he also knew the enemy would be continuously trying to keep us from prayer, from our Heavenly Father.
O Best Beloved, it’s time to whisper, it’s time to shout. It’s time to pray and keep praying, let us whisper our secrets and shout our praises and continue to battle the enemy. Jesus has already claimed the victory over the enemy. Let us continue to put on our armor and keep going forward for our victory is sure.