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Becoming A Woman Who Prays: Answering The Call To Prayer

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Want to be a woman who prays? Here’s a simple study on becoming a praying woman & the precious power of a woman that prays intentionally and frequently.

The morning was actually quiet; I had snuck out of bed and down the hall to get some coffee and sit with it and my open Bible. Somehow, the kids hadn’t figured out I was up and were still asleep (already a miracle, so my hopes were high this day).

I had grand visions of a luxurious quiet time that involved earth shattering Biblical revelation, profound journaling, and a powerful time of prayer. Especially prayer.

You see, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands us to “PRAY CONTINUALLY” and I was ready to become a woman that prays regularly and powerfully.

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Such a simple directive…and yet for many years I had failed to become a praying woman. But that was all about to change…right now.

I tried, really.

But about 3 minutes in I had planned out the day’s activities, rearranged the week’s menu plan, and completely forgotten what I wanted to pray about.

Sound familiar?

But I knew that my prayer life was meant to be more than this. After all, I had been taught better and was hungry for the legacy that I had inherited.

What Does It Mean To Be A Praying Woman?

When I was a little girl I was blessed to meet a woman who prayed. I’m not talking about simple prayers at the end of the day and before meals; I’m talking intercessory prayer.

She was a warrior armed with the sword of the Word, a passionate heart, and a determined spirit.

There were two worn spots in the wood floor on the side of her bed, left there by her knees from decades of kneeling before her Lord even when arthritis made it hard.

Her Bible had tear stains and notes tucked into pages and prayers scribbled in the margins. Her wall had photos of those she was praying for with notes tucked into the corners of picture frames. Her fridge had missionary cards on it and she prayed for them as she prepared her meals each day.

She was truly a woman who prayed and she charged me to become one. Here is what I learned sitting at her knee…

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A Woman Who Prays Is Focused

The first lesson I learned that morning about becoming a woman who prays is the importance of focus. It’s hard to pray without getting distracted (or at least it is for me).

I’ve since learned that journaling my prayers or praying out loud helps me stay focused as I pray. Without that, I last about 30 seconds before thoughts try to crowd out my prayers (45 seconds if I’m particularly pious that day, ahem).

While each of us may have a different strategy that works for us, it’s important to figure out a strategy that will work for you so that you can become a woman who prays — for more than 45 seconds before your thoughts flit away.

Look at Hannah as an example of a focused woman of prayer. In the opening chapters of 1 Samuel, she is crying out to the Lord with focus and determination. May we cry out to Him the same way.

A Woman Who Prays Is Dedicated

Another thing I learned from that precious woman is that prayer takes dedication. She wasn’t just a woman who prayed; she was a woman of prayer.

Prayer was a part of her identity, not just a part of her routine.

That dedication is what called her out of bed with the earliest rays of the sun to pray for her family and had her praying for missionaries in her kitchen. It’s what had her writing down the prayer needs others shared with her and lifting them up with focus.

I don’t know about you, but I want to become a woman who prays with dedication. I want to shape my day around my walk with God instead of fitting trying to shove it into the free parts that rarely happen.

In Luke 18, the parable of the persistent widow shows the beauty of strength of a woman dedicated to prayer. She is a precious example of a woman who prays.

A Woman Who Prays Is Close To God

Prayer is literally talking to the King of Kings with freedom and confidence…it’s not something to be taken lightly.

It is an act of intimacy with your Father if you become a woman of prayer, your relationship with Him is intimate. After all, you wouldn’t run to Him if you weren’t.

Prayer is a fruit of your walk with Him.

Look at Elizabeth and Mary in the opening chapters of Luke; they are both women who walked closely with God and as a result He used them in mighty ways to fulfill His purpose.

The thing that most speaks to this intimacy is Mary’s answer to the angel: “Let it be to me as God has spoken.”

Dear one, when you spend enough time in prayer and your relationship with Him become even more intimate, your obedience will be a fruit of that closeness…and what God does in your life (and through your life) will be mighty.

The Power Of A Praying Woman

This is something to be talked about clearly. Prayer is powerful, not because of the one praying or the words of the prayer itself…it is powerful because the God who hears your prayers is powerful and He answers powerfully.

The power of a praying woman isn’t in her own strength, but the result of her relationship with the Lord God Almighty. Mary, Elizabeth, Hannah, the persistent widow…you.

Powerful women who pray…continually, with focus, dedication, and intimacy…are powerful because of God’s ability to work through them. Women who whisper prayers for grace and mercy walk in them daily.

Will you shift from being a woman who prays when she needs God to a being an intentional woman of prayer? Stop making prayer something you do and make it who you are.

Resources For Women That Pray

Want to learn more or looking for help with your prayer life? Check out these resources:

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