“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
For awhile now, I’ve asked God to make me a praying woman. (Don’t ask me why, as I didn’t pray that prayer with a whole lot of desire or faith that He could really answer.) But in our recent staff revival week with David Butts, Chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, God answered my prayer. He gave me desire—and hope—that He is making me a woman of prayer! Here’s a little taste of what David Butts shared:
Imagine opening the door to God’s throne room and approaching His throne with your prayer:
“Dear God, please heal my swollen finger.”
“God, help me not look like a fool when I give this presentation.”
“Please give me patience with this annoying person you created! Amen.”
The four creatures who surround God’s throne day and night continually saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”--and the twenty-four elders seated on thrones--well, they look at each other incredulously for a few seconds and then whisper, “Is that ALL she’s going to ask?!”
While God cares about every detail of our lives, He has invited you and me into His throne room in order to accomplish His eternal purposes on Planet Earth through prayer!
Not only that . . . we don’t just go in and out of the throne room occasionally—we live there! Don’t ask me to explain it to you, but somehow, while our feet are firmly planted on Earth, we are also seated with Christ on His throne:
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).
Suddenly prayer looks a whole lot different.
Over the next several weeks, Kim Wagner will be calling us to BIG prayer each Thursday on the blog. Until then, would you join me in asking God to teach us how to approach His throne with confidence? And, while we’re talking about praying, would you go to work with us praying through this week’s True Woman prayer requests?
Thursday, August 26
The first session of the Indianapolis conference is four weeks from tonight. Today, focus on praying for that session specifically. Ask for God to meet with us. Pray for women to sense His presence when entering the Convention Center, for the worship to prepare hearts, and for God to clearly speak through Crawford Loritts and Nancy DeMoss (Isaiah 64:1-4; Psalm 47).
Friday, August 27
Registrants are receiving the 40-Day Heart Preparation Devotional by email. Ask God to use this as a tool to soften hearts, open eyes, reveal hidden areas of sin, resulting in repentance and confession – before the conference begins, that women might come with a hungry heart for God (Isaiah 57:14-15; 66:1-2).
Saturday, August 28
Continue to pray for women who need to be at this conference but have not yet decided to register. Ask God to supply the necessary provisions, whether in the area of childcare, finances, lodging and traveling expense, or any other needs (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Sunday, August 29
Kay Arthur will bring a message challenging us to be “Women of the Word.” Pray for her health, spiritual refreshment in the midst of a hectic schedule, a fresh vision of Christ, and a keen sensitivity to His purposes in this movement (Psalm 119:41-50).
Monday, August 30
Stacey Smith, a former inmate who now serves as a prison chaplain and conference speaker for Prison to Purpose Ministries, will be signing to a couple of songs at the conferences. She blessed those who attended both the Chicago and Chattanooga Conferences with her testimony and signing. Pray for God to use her again as she seeks to minister during the worship services (Psalm 34:1-5).
Tuesday, August 31
Additional Spanish interpreters are needed for both Indianapolis and Fort Worth. Ask the Lord to burden women who can minister in this area to volunteer. Also pray for more men to respond to the opportunity to serve as prayer intercessors during the conference (Romans 12:1-13).
Wednesday, September 1
Pray for Dannah Gresh and Erin Davis, as they lead the Teen Track portion of the conferences. Ask for God to give specific insights for the messages these particular young women need to hear. Pray for Dannah’s and Erin’s passion for Christ to be infectious. Ask the Holy Spirit to invade these sessions with conviction, grace for repentance, filling the girls with hope and courage for the future. Pray for any who are lost to be converted (Psalm 78:4 -7; Psalm 126:5-6).