There is snow falling outside. Perfect, fluffy flakes that mirror the paper cutouts taped to my window. Each one has it’s own identity. A different personality of water and air. Each is different, abundantly so and fragile with lines and curves that stretch out with purpose. Kind of like you and me. There is something beautiful and refreshing about a snowfall. It is peaceful and seems to cover over all that has passed. It is fitting then, for it to snow this last day of 2015. To wash away the last 365 days of joy and sorrow. To create a blanket of new for the coming year. A blank page, a new manuscript with which to write our stories.
Last year is slipping out peacefully, it seems. At least in my little slice of this old world. It has been a year of crisis and pain. A marking of days that brought much sorrow world-wide. And I think many of us are glad to see it go. 2015 for me was a year marked by faithfulness. This word plucked me for itself out of the blue and I am the first to admit that I did not want to acknowledge it. To me, faithful said that I would be stretched. That my life would be pulled and my spirit weighed upon. Faithful meant trusting not myself, but He who knows all. Faithful meant giving my family, my work, my life over and letting go of the control. Faithful found me on my knees. But most of all, faithful made me trust.
Over the last few days I’ve been praying for this coming year. Asking God what it is he’d like to show me in this next chapter of our world. I don’t always participate in #OneWord365 and wasn’t sure if I would this year. But the other day this picture came up on my Facebook feed and it resonated with me. I had just watched War Room on Christmas, and I had fallen in love with the movie. I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of prayer, and whenever faced with a mighty battle I call in those faithful prayer warriors in my life to take up arms with me. We can accomplish so much with the prayers of our hearts. We can change this world with the uttering of our soul.
Elizabeth Elliot once said, “Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.” As believers we know that prayer makes a difference. It moves mountains. It is the portal through which healing comes. Prayer gives peace and breathes life.
This year I want to fill my days with prayer. I want to create my own war room and watch the battles rage and Jesus win. I want to carve out a place in this world that is sacred, where the breath of the Spirit whispers to my God. I want to be a catalyst for change. Do you want to join me? I’ve created a daily Bible study on prayer for the month of January to get things rolling. Each passage has a specific focus on prayer, from prayers answered to how to pray and the benefits of prayer. Feel free to print off this study guide and join the community with the hashtag #31DaysofPrayer. We have the ability to change this world with the words of our heart. Join me on this journey of prayer.