Praying Higher than the Ceiling

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and deliverth them out of their troubles.  Psalms 34:17 KJV

When I turned 40, I purchased a paper lantern.  You know the type with a candle that lifts into the sky as the shell fills with hot air.  I lit the candle and carefully held it as I prayed.  Prayers of forgiveness of my shortcomings were poured into this white lantern.  Slowly letting it go, it drifted up rising higher and higher.  About 20 feet up, the floating light hits a branch in an old dead tree.  The shell is punctured and the burning lantern is stuck in the tree.  My prayers hanging much closer to the earth than Heaven, in which they were meant.  Oh, the disappointment!

How many times do we pray, only to feel like our prayers are getting stuck in a tree or no higher than the ceiling?  I Thes 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing, but what can we do when they aren’t getting to God. 

3 Tips to deeper prayer life.

  1. Make prayer a priority.  Set time aside to pray, give up time doing something else if needed.  We set alarms for meetings and appointments on our phones all the time.  So set one for God.
  2. Make a list.  God doesn’t mind if you need a list of your prayer thoughts and requests.  He knows you need a list to go to the grocery store for 3 items (otherwise you will forget at least one).  He values your prayers.
  3. Pray aloud.  When I am in my car or home alone, I often speak my thoughts.  This helps me stay focus on my thought process.  It detours my mind from being sidetracked on random other thoughts.  When praying verbally, you stay on topic. 

Steps to Walking

When you started to walk or taught your child to walk there was a process to learning.

A child first learns to pull themselves up.  When grip is lost, they move again to stand up.

Then, little ones find balance on their own feet and let’s go and stand

I can’t go any further… the parent steps back and says come on you can do this.  Each time you think you can not go any further, the Father steps back and says just come on to me.  Staying focused and

Everytime you stumble, you reach for support.  Sometimes, you are the support and sometimes you are the stumbler.

Everytime you fall… as long as you always get up and dust off, and take another “first step” you will always be moving forward.

I pray today that you never stay down when you fall.

Why are you climbing through the window?

Why are you climbing through the window?

Teenagers are known to test limits.  Some have even snuck out of the window at night to go somewhere off-limits.  Funny though, as adults, we do the same thing.  We are following along God’s plan and see a window to exit or enter a place we shouldn’t; as a teenager at night.  Just as the teenager goes out the window to avoid detection, we use the window of opportunity to make changes in our lives.

Friend, I want you to know that if God plans change in your life, it will not be through a window.  When God wants you to enter, the door will be open wide enough to dance through.  The key is to be in God’s will.  In 2 Corinthians Paul was doing God’s work and a door was open for him.

Paul states in 2 Corinthians 2:12 (KJV) “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,”  

I pray today that if you are facing an opportunity or changes in your life, you are following God’s open doors.