April 2011 CWM Issue
Happy Easter
Article – The Prayer to pray when it is too hard to pray
Final Thoughts
 
Happy Easter

 

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain

I don’t think I remember Easter ever being as late as it is this year. My children get Spring Break around Easter and we are out of school next week, none to soon. We are all ready for a little break. Every year I share with you the great item called the Resurrection Eggs. These eggs are a wonderful way of telling the Easter story to children. Each egg includes an item that describes part of the Easter story. You could have an Easter egg hunt at your house using these eggs to share the Easter story with children in your neighborhood. I love any tool that helps share the gospel in a way that children can understand. May you take some time during Easter to meditate on the wonderful, glorious sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf so we may be declared righteous due to His work on the cross.

Article – The Prayer to pray when it is too hard to pray

Have you ever had a time when it was too hard for you to pray? You were discouraged, had little energy, or maybe even disappointed with God? It is pretty difficult to admit to others there may be times when we are not on speaking terms with God. Can I be honest with you? If you have been a Christian long enough you will experience valleys in your Christian walk. After each valley there is a mountain, but when we are in the valley time we can’t even see our way to the mountain.

So, what is the answer? As always the Bible leads us in the right direction. Listen to these verses: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:26-28.

When we become children of God the Holy Spirit immediately comes to live in us. The only reason we can pray in the Spirit is because we have been given the gift of the Spirit. This is true of every Christian.

I love the part of the verse that says the Spirit will intercede for us with groaning too deep for words. There are times when we literally don’t know what to pray for about a situation. We don’t know what God’s will is for our lives or family. We are truly speechless. This is the time we ask the Spirit to pray for us. We become silent and the Holy Spirit knows even better than we do what to pray to God.

We also know from these verses that God knows what is best for us and will work it for our good, even if we can’t see it right now. This is where trust comes in. We have to trust that ultimately everything in our lives is done for our good and (this is a big and) for God’s glory. The tough time you are going through right now, may be to show how glorious our God is in all situations. Jesus would often heal people and say he healed them specifically to show Jesus power to heal. Yes, the person who was healed benefitted, but the ultimate goal was to prove Jesus as the Messiah.

My dear sisters in Christ it is not unusual to have dry times in your walk with God or totally not know what to pray. Please don’t forget the Holy Spirit lives within you and is waiting and willing to pray on your behalf. Ultimately, the Holy Spirit knows much more about our hurts and desires than we are even aware of in our lives.

Learn to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit and see what a difference it makes in your walk with the Lord. Truthfully, every prayer should be bathed in the Holy Spirit. Learn to depend on God in all things.

Final Thoughts

Can I encourage you to teach your children about praying in the Spirit? Honestly, I did not learn this principle fully till I was an adult. How much better if I had learned it earlier. This is a wonderful thing to teach your children when they say, “I don’t know what to pray for Mom.”

Till next time,

Kimberly M. Chastain

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.