Spell Your Miracle (as posted on pastorlaura.com)
Last year, two friends got me hooked on a show called, Once Upon a Time. I can’t believe it took me so long to get into it! I love fairytales. I’m a sucker for happy endings. That’s a common theme that runs in every episode – the desire to see a good outcome in every situation. The interesting thing about this series is that one person holds the power to determine which story lines have happy endings, for all the characters! He decides who the evil villains are, who the good kings and queens are, and who the common town folk are. Whatever his pen writes comes to life!
As I was writing in my prayer journal recently, this show and the storyteller role, popped into my mind, and it hit me – when I pray I am taking an active role in the outcome of my story. God is the author, but prayer is key. Prayer is looking ahead with vision to what I want my day, my week, my months and my year to look like; not just for myself, but for my family and loved ones as well. It’s praying with forward focus toward the outcome I desire to see in each of those areas. James 4:2b says, “You have not, because you ask not.” I don’t want that to be my story! I want my story to be one where I reached out in faith for all God has for me, every good and perfect gift from above, through prayer.
Now just to be clear, I’m not talking “name it and claim it” kind of prayers. But I am saying it’s wise to pray boldly! Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by our biggest dreams, goals or boldest requests. He loves it when we pray as if we believe the biggest thing we could ask of Jesus is still too small for him, because it’s true! In his book on prayer called The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson said, “Don’t just read the Bible. Start circling the promises. Don’t just make a wish. Write down a list of God-glorifying life goals. Don’t just pray. Keep a prayer journal. Define your dream. Claim your promise. Spell your miracle.”
Spell your miracle… reminds me of that storyteller! Spell out, write out what you long for and dream for and then fix your eyes expectantly on your God who is able. And then don’t just do it once, but ask again and again, circle those prayers over and over, until God either removes the desire, says no, reveals more, or answers your prayers!
I have kept a prayer journal for nine years. There are so many things I love about my prayer journals! In the beginning of each one I write down my dreams and goals and then I pray over them. I ask God to keep any in my heart that are in line with his will for my life and to bring those to pass, and to remove the desire for any that are outside of his will. I trust him! I love being able to look back at those dreams and see all the ways God has answered those prayers and brought many of those monumental requests to pass. I can also look back and see the times God encouraged me in my prayer time. I can see where I noted God whispers and find they bring life even now. And I can see the prayers that cross journals and years and continue on. Some of these are for my children as they grow until it makes no sense to pray those prayers any more over their lives. Others are requests I know are in line with God’s spoken, specific revealed promises over my life, that I circle daily, knowing at some point in my prayer journaling there will come a day that I can praise him for that answered prayer!! Oh, how I love to celebrate those moments when God comes through on my behalf!!
My challenge for you in the first few weeks of this year is to invest in a journal and write down your prayers. Don’t worry about length, or using any specific wording – praying is simply talking to God. He knows everything we think and every detail of our lives, so why not talk to him about them! Take time to write down your dreams and goals and pray over them. And then, as time goes on, you will be able to look back and see how faithful God is to answer our prayers! Begin this year with the end in mind. How do you want this year to conclude? Think about that and then grab a pen, and spell it out! Spell your miracle.