Welcome to the 24th habit in the #GiveMe30HabitProject!!
See this post for all the details and backstory!
This month’s habit is to pray over the same things daily!
Things have understandably been tough for all of us this year. So much has happened that we never could have seen coming. I think it’s important for us to keep in mind, no matter how discouraged we get, that the Lord knew everything that was going to take place before it happened. I truly believe He can work anything out for our good, regardless of how much damage the enemy means by it (Romans 8:28).
To round out the last of this year’s habit project challenges (and probably the last in this post series), I want to invite you to participate in what I call “circle prayers.” The idea is not my own. It comes from a Book by the title The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
We pray over and over (i.e. circling around and around) things and pray “all the way through” until God does what only He can.
The best way I know how to do this is to pray over a list of items/requests that you keep (either in a note in your phone or in a paper journal) every single day. Eventually God will answer these prayers in a way that you recognize and you can then them off. I like to use a note on my iphone and then use the strikethrough feature when they’re answered instead of deleting them. That way I can look back and remember the way that God came through with an answer. Sometimes it may be a breakthrough. Other times it may be a closed door. And other times you may continue to pray over things without crossing them off your list for years at a time.
I add to the list whenever something comes up. Any time someone makes a request for prayer, they go on this list. I also like to save short but powerful prayers that I find from other people on general topics and even specific topics that resonate with me. I also keep my daily declaration list in this note too.
I highly recommend that you read the book The Circle Maker (or listen to it on Audible) by Mark Batterson and implement the strategies that he mentions, but this is totally optional!
If you don’t already have a designated prayer time with the Lord, make sure you set a reminder for yourself so you don’t forget this habit! My favorite way to do my prayer time is during my morning walk.
OK, so now that you have an idea of what the habit looks in practice and the benefits of practicing it, it’s your turn! You don’t have to do every single one of these, but these are some ideas for you to implement.
For the next 30 days:
- Every day for the next 30 days, pray over the same things God places on your heart.
- Practical Tips: Keep a list somewhere that’s easy for you to access and set a reminder on your phone if you don’t already have a designated prayer time.
- Note how you feel after praying (more connected to the Lord, less stressed, more peace, less worry, more gratitude, etc.).
- Practical tips: Call these feelings to mind whenever you don’t feel like following through on your habit.
- Ask a friend or your spouse to join you in this habit.
- Practical tips: Check in with one another via text, phone, or in person and pray together if possible.
- Keep a list of your prayers to look back on so you can see where God was faithful and went to work on the seemingly impossible.
- Practical tips: Call these ideas to mind whenever you find yourself in a situation where you struggle with faith and doubt in the future so you strengthen your trust in Him to provide for them too.
- As the month goes on, see if you notice a difference in your mindset about God’s ability to work through prayer.
- Practical tips: Come up with ways to make sure you continue to practice this habit moving forward past the 30 days.
- Bonus: Read The Circle Maker.
- Practical tips: Implement the strategies Mark mentions in the book.
🚨 Don’t forget to share this project with others! You can share the link to this blog post as a status/post on Facebook. Feel free to save and use the image from this post, or use the ones I’ll have on my Instagram page. Whatever other means you have to get more involvement will make this project more fruitful! Tweet, email, pin on Pinterest, etc.
Also, I encourage you to keep track of your journey and use the hashtag #GiveMe30HabitProject on social media. Please tag me in your habit progress and insights! I’ll also be glad to troubleshoot sticking points. I’m Kaci M Byrd Cheeseman on Facebook and @CheeseGirlPA on Instagram.
If you want to check in daily for accountability, you can post either a photo and/or status and use #GiveMe30HabitProject #Day1, #GiveMe30HabitProject #Day2, so on and so forth. I’d love to see how it goes and repost—only if you give me permission, of course! I’ll be searching the hashtag to see who is joining in.
1/ Do you have a regular daily prayer time?
2/ Do you pray the same prayers daily?
Remember: What is it you want to achieve? Who do you want to become? How do you want to serve others? You may not know how to get there, or even how to get started. I just ask that you trust me and help spread the message to others so they can become involved. Keep showing up, and together we will get you there, one 30 day habit at a time!
Are you ready? Let’s get growing!!
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