Sowing Generously, Praying Fervently
Too often we downgrade the importance of prayer. “We can’t do anything but pray”, you hear people saying. What? When we pray, we invite God to step into our problems, into our lives. When God gets into the equation, anything is possible. Like Oswald Chambers has said “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. (James 5:16, MSG)
Today I want to dig even a little deeper. What if praying fervently was the key task of every disciple? What if only by praying we could further the Kingdom of God? What if John Wesley was right saying “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer”?
Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done. (Phil 1:20, MSG)
What if praying was sowing? If praying was sowing, the mission work would be ours, not just delegated to some professionals. If praying was sowing, we’d better get on with our task. If no one is sowing, there won’t be any harvest!
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. (1 Timothy 2:1-8, MSG, emphasis added)
What if we could change the world if we just kept sowing generously? If we can change the world by sowing generously and praying fervently, we are not taking our tasks seriously enough. If no one is sowing by praying, we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing.
Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (Eph.6:18, MSG)
Brothers and sisters, let’s take praying seriously. Let’s sow generously! Let’s commit ourselves to learn what it means to live in prayer. That we’d bring Jesus wherever we go in our prayers. That we’d pray without ceasing. That every breath we take would be for God’s glory.
Forgive us for not praying enough.
Forgive us for not sowing generously.
Forgive us for not knowing how to live in prayer.
how to live in prayer,
how to sow generously,
how to embrace your grace so completely
that it would be you living in us,
praying and sowing through us.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you ready to commit your life to learn what it means to live in prayer?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you sow generously and pray fervently!
Giving thanks today for
#591 the gift of prayer
#592 the connection with God Almighty
#593 God’s patience to wait us to take praying seriously
#594 the call to work with God through prayer
#595 praying being sowing
#596 standing invitation for God to move in my life
#597 it’s not about our lack of abilities but about God’s power
#598 we can be sowing everywhere through prayer
#599 God does respond to our prayers
#600 we can never overestimate the power of prayer
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13 thoughts on “Sowing Generously, Praying Fervently”
Prayer is very powerful, it is my connection to God through Jesus Christ.
Amen! Thanks for chiming in, Susan! Bountiful Blessings to you, sis!
I have to admit, I’ve been lax in the intercessory prayer department in the past. But a few weeks ago, I started something that I think will be pretty impacting. I made a rule that i have to pray for twenty minutes for my blog followers before I can check my blog stats each day (and I can only check them once unless I pray another 20 minutes!). (And I have to report to my accountability partner to tell her if I’ve done it.)
Yes, it’s sad that I had to be motivated by blog stat checking, but it has been a wonderful experience. I’m learning the value of focused intercessory prayer on a daily basis. I’ve broadened the original goal to be intercessory prayer for anyone and it’s also beginning to filter out to more prayer throughout the day.
I totally agree with your post – prayer is powerful! It’s an incredible ministry that anyone can do even if they’re homebound.
Whatever it takes, Barb! 🙂 Thanks SO much for sharing. We can never do too much of intercessory prayers! Or any other kind of prayers! I pray for my blog readers and followers, too. It is a privilege to be able to pray. Abundant blessings to you, Barb!
I was really struggling in my prayer life recently, the intercessory portion in particular. I had some friends help me get back on track. Grateful for grace and for “do-overs!” Thank you Mari-Anna for your words of wisdom here.
Yes, so grateful for grace and do-overs! We are all learning by grace. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. Bountiful blessings!
One of my goals for this year is to be more intentional about prayer. You can read about my journey here: http://newlifesteward.com/tag/prayer
You are right. Prayer is vitally important!
Excellent! I will make sure to read about your journey, Mary Beth! Thanks for sharing! Abundant blessings on your prayerful faith journey!
So glad you linked up today!
This was a great post. Thank you for sharing it. You got me to thinking.
Thanks so much, Sherry! May God guide your thought-process! Abundant blessings!
I have been praying more lately. I’ve praised and worshiped often forever, but now am lifting more and more people and situations before the Lord. One reason? B/c if Jesus sat out and spent hours during the nighttime praying, why can’t I??? So, am trying to readjust my life… again.
Thanks, Joanne, for sharing. Yes, I think our faith is changing and – hopefully – maturing all the time. But growing/changing is rarely painless. But it is all worth it. The closer we get to Jesus, the more joy-filled we become. Abundant blessings to you, Joanne!