Answers to our “big ask,” the prayer that weighs most heavily on our heart, can seem slow in coming. God’s ways are higher than my ways….and usually they are a whole lot messier! Let’s help each other stand strong during our times of waiting. A friend recently referred to me as a “prayer coach.” I hope I can “coach” you to follow hard after Christ, to read His Word daily, to persevere in prayer.
Here are some “training tips” as you work on your Chubby Book Method this week. And be sure to share your own tips in the comment section!
1. Training Tip: I keep my Chubby Book prayer list open beside me while I fold the laundry. I pray for each item on the list, pausing to reflect on the Scripture verse on the adjoining page. This practice has made a chore I used to loathe something I actually like, which is a miracle in itself! Click here to see my Chubby Book page.
2. Training Tip: I took my Chubby Book on my jog this morning and prayed for those on my list. My neighborhood has some steep hills. While going uphill, I prayed for our friends suffering in hard places like the Nuba Mountains. In some small way, this allowed me to feel a solidarity with their suffering. Why not pray during your own exercise time? Turn your walk into a “prayer walk.”
I also meditate on my “watchwords.” As I discussed in Chapter 2, a watchword is a verse or two of Scripture that seems to speak directly to you. I find that the Holy Spirit has a way of illuminating the words from my Bible reading so that they seem written to me.
It doesn’t matter if we walk, run or fold clothes. Our minutes matter to God. And minute-by-minute, our prayers may be leading us to an eventual breakthrough! The point is to pray “without ceasing.” Take your prayer life out of the closet and into the world.
Keep praying! See you Monday for Week Three of the 40-Day Challenge.