It's hard to believe that it's been a full two years since I posted. Many ups and downs have been had since then, but recently, the Lord has been especially working in my life through prayer.
When I was lost, I would pray for a minute or so once every few weeks? It was so sporadic and so minimal, that I don't remember having a prayer life. (I still don't understand how I thought I was saved considering I basically had no prayer life) But once I became a Christian, I decided to discipline myself to spend time in prayer daily. I really don't know how I got into the habit of praying as much as where I'm at today, but I remember knowing that prayer and Bible reading were pivotal to the Christian life, and I needed to spend adequate time in both. I knew my minimal lifestyle as a lost person needed to disappear. So I disciplined myself to spend half an hour in both praying and reading and eventually kept upping the time. For awhile, it was hard for me to spend awhile in prayer and reading, but as I continued, the Lord helped me to spend more and more time.
And one day, I had a specific prayer request that I desperately wanted the Lord to answer. So I began to pray a lot for that particular request. It was then that my prayer life took off. I was spending about an hour a day praying because of this request. And praying about the specifics of it too. It was a large request, so I knew baby steps would be taken to get to the answer. When I decided to take baby steps in praying for it, God answered those specific requests. And when I say specific, I mean so specific you knew it came from God and not man when they were answered. That further stirred my desire to pray, not just for that large request, but for others and other things and everything really. I began to be so specific with my prayers that I would ask for a witnessing opportunity during the week or ask for the Lord to provide for a certain need, and those types of prayers were answered. I was absolutely astonished. We all know God answers prayers, but it's amazing to know that He hears us- the littlest of beings. That astonishment turned to excitement, which is what fuels my prayers today.
I can't get enough of praying. I love to pray, and I consider it to be a hobby. It's the most effective tool I have as a believer, and I can use it to serve the Lord when I feel as if I'm useless to the Kingdom. I'm not useless with prayer. With prayer, things can change. Hearts can change. And lives can too. I'm amazed to see the progression discipline had upon my life and not just that but earnestness and eagerness. And I'm very thankful that God used circumstances in my life to catapult my prayer life and make it even better than it was previously.
Prayer is our way of communicating with our Savior, and we should be in prayer, not because we have to, but because we want to! If God can give me an unquenchable desire to commune regularly with Him, then he can do the same for you too. Consider spending more time in prayer.