Commit to Pray this New Year and New Decade

A new year and new decade are upon us tomorrow. We will say goodbye to the year 2019 and enter the new decade of 2020.

All too often many people begin to make New Years Resolutions. Sadly, most if not all will stop each new resolution over time. This year, commit to pray this New Year and New Decade.

A Call To Prayer

Instead of making a New Years Resolution this year (or if you already have your resolutions) I encourage you to make a Commitment to Pray this new year and new decade. I am not saying that you need to pray at 4:30 in the morning for two straight hours unless that’s what you feel God is calling you to do. Instead, I am asking you to seek the Lord and pray over this new year and new decade. Each day, commit to asking for God’s will to be done in your life and for God to direct your paths. God says that if we trust in him with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding, and acknowledge Him, He will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Based on God’s Word, We Cannot Afford to Not Pray

Truly I will tell you that we cannot afford to not pray. I have seen God do MIGHTY things in my life, my husband’s life, and the lives of my children. I have seen God’s mighty healing, I have seen relationships restored that seemed impossible, I have witnessed miracles before my eyes, and I have seen transformations that only God could complete.

I am overwhelmed as I write this to you with all that God has done in my life through the power of prayer. Prayer is the tool that is always with us and cannot be lost no matter where we go.

Why Should We Pray?

Prayer is the way we communicate with the Lord. We should not just pray once a day, but instead a constant communication with the Lord throughout our day. Prayer is the tool we can use to transform our lives, the lives of those we love, and the lives of those around us.

The Lord has helped me grow my prayer life by praying God’s Word. I have also grown by reading two Christian authors that have helped grow my prayer life are Priscilla Shirer and Stormie Omartian. Here is what the two of them have to say about prayer.

“We pray because our own solutions don’t work and because prayer deploys, activates, and fortifies us against the attacks of the enemy. We pray because we’re serious about taking back the ground he has sought to take from us.”

“Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is kryptonite to the enemy and to all his ploys against you.”

“Nothing-nothing! – is too far gone that your God cannot resurrect it.”

Priscilla Shirer, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer

“You have the means to establish a hedge of protection around your marriage (your family, your children) because Jesus said, ‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven’ (Matthew 18:18). You have authority in the name of Jesus to stop evil and permit good. You can submit to God in prayer whatever controls (you, your children), your husband.”

Stormy Omartian: The Power of the Praying Wife

“Prayer is acknowledging and experiencing the presence of God and inviting His presence into our lives and circumstances. It’s seeking the presence of God and releasing the power of God which gives us the means to overcome any problem.”

Stormie Omartian: The Power of the Praying Parent

The Power in Prayer

The Bible tells us many times how to pray, the power that is in prayer, and why we should pray.

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.”

Psalm 37:14

“Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

Mark 11: 24.34

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Matthew 7:7,8

Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

John 14: 13-14

I Will Leave You With This as We Face This New Year and New Decade:

  • Nothing is too far gone from the Lord
  • No marriage is too broken for the Lord
  • No strained relationship is unfixable with the Lord
  • No medical diagnosis is incurable for the Lord
  • Nothing is impossible with the Lord

My favorite verse from 2019 has deepened my walk with the Lord and my prayers to the Lord and I pray that it will encourage you to trust the Lord and to pray to Him while believing in your heart that He can and He will transform your life and the life of those you love.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

Ephesians 3:20

Stay tuned for the next post that will be on how to pray. For more encouragement, check out The Blessing Jar.

As always, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to share.

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