Empowered by Prayer: The Strength of a Woman’s Intercession
What is prayer? Does God really hear my prayers? Is there really power in praying?
These were the questions that ran through my mind when I attended a Women’s Aglow meeting back in 1994. Moved by curiosity because my mother-in-law continued to insist that embarked on this journey.
Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God, but also listen to Him.
My mother-in-law is a woman of prayer and great faith. She had shared over the years the importance of praying for our marriage and our family.
As I listened intently to what the speaker was saying about the importance of praying, my attention was riveted and I yearned for this transformative change in my life.
Developing a habitual practice of prayer much like these women who seemed to be engaged in heartfelt conversation with God, could potentially unlock the intimacy with Christ.
Could it infuse my life with a renewed purpose and bring clarity?
The answer would be a resounding, “Yes!”
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”Romans 12:2 NIV
How Do You Become a Powerful Praying Woman?
Just as we prioritize appointments and commitments, I discovered that scheduling quality time with God was essential.
The same intentionality we apply to social engagements and leisure activities should be extended to cultivating a connection with God.
To embark on the journey of spiritual renewal and align with Christ’s teachings, I realized that I had to take the first step to transform my thought life.
My thought life was chaotic and out of control.
Little did I know that the practice of stillness, “Be still and know that I am God” – paired with a sincere heart diligently seeking God, could foster a direct line of communication with God.
During this time you need to spend time doing the following:
- Praising God and expressing gratitude – acknowledging and appreciating the greatness of God
- Asking for Forgiveness – Humbling approaching God and seeking His mercy
- Ask God for His will for your life – Petitioning His guidance and direction in alignment with His will
- Pray for others – Praying for the needs and concerns of others
- Pray for yourself – Presenting my own hope and desires
- Commit Scripture to memory – Memorizing and meditating on scripture
Making time to do these things will become to build your faith and you will become a powerful praying woman.
Why Should I Become a Prayer Warrior?
Have you seen the movie, War Room? In this movie, the main character played by Priscilla Shirer, turns a closet area into a space where she would meet God to begin praying.
She made it simple by writing prayers out on Post-it notes.
I began praying and writing out scripture, infusing it into every circumstance.
As a woman of God, I recognized the pivotal role of covering my family in prayer. For married women, lifting up our husbands, who lead our families, becomes an act of reverence.
Friend, this is a powerful discipline.
As I poured out my heart and aspirations onto paper, I felt His loving support and presence. A husband benefits greatly from his wife’s prayers, her intercession holds the power to uplift him and foster growth.
Amidst life’s challenges and the adversary’s schemes, our prayers act as a shield, invoking wisdom, spiritual strength, and protection upon our spouses.
Is there Power in Prayer?
Through maintaining a prayer journal, I witness my requests evolve into answered prayers.
However, a receptive heart aligned with God’s Word is crucial. His responses may come as “yes,” “no,” or “wait,” necessitating a posture of acceptance and trust in His divine plan (Philippians 4:6-7).
The attitude of our hearts and the position of our minds, must but be in line with the Word of God.
God answers prayer with a yes, no, and wait. Is your heart in a position to receive the answer and the will He has for you and the requests?
To wait for God to answer can sometimes be extremely difficult especially when we are living in times of instant gratification when we want things now.
Patience has not always been a virtue of mine, but learning to trust God with every detail of my life became easier when I spent time with Him developing a prayer lifestyle, and learning how to listen to the Holy Spirit.
Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.
You can begin praying today and find a strength that will empower and transform your life.
Are you ready to get started today?
Related: Prayer is Communicating with God
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