Paul and I have just returned from six weeks of travel on four continents.  Much of the time was hard work, but we had just over two amazing weeks with our family touring through our homeland South Africa.  It was a memorable and happy time, but it had been covered in prayer for months prior to our departure.

Paul and I start every morning with prayer.  One of the most spontaneous acts is to begin our prayer time with thanksgiving and praise.  As I reflect over the past number of years I have seen God answer my prayers over and again. 

I love our times of speaking to our heavenly Father and I can honestly say they are some of the most precious times in my day.  I do not know how I would sustain my life if it was not for the discipline of prayer.  So when I say 'the awesome power of prayer' I am definitely speaking from personal experience. 

Here are three reasons why I pray.

1. I Can share Intimacy with the Creator of the Universe:  It never ceases to amaze me that this amazing God who created the heavens and the earth is my personal God.  I am daily overawed by the fact that I can go boldly into His presence and talk to Him.  I can praise. I can vent. I can repent. I can request.  The truth is, I can open my heart to my God and be completely vulnerable with Him.  Those moments of intimacy with Him are more precious and more life-giving than I can explain.  I have come to depend upon these moments with God and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the rythm of my life is deeply dependent upon these moments of intimacy. 

2. I Can Dream Dreams with the God of Dreams: Yes, my heart is still pumping with vision.  I have dreams for our lives, our ministry, our children, our grandchildren, our friends and this broken world.  I sometimes wonder if my dreams are too big and then my heavenly Father reminds me that He is the giver of dreams.  There is no dream too big or too small for Him.  I can spill my heart to Him and express my longings, desires and deepest ambitions.  He never chuckles at my dreams, He never despises my dreams and He never dampens my dreams. No, my God puts His big arms around me and tells me to keep dreaming and to keep trusting in HIm because He knows best.

3. I Can Partner with My Heavenly Father: What a thought! When I go to prayer I can actually partner with God and together we can work at making the world a better place.  We can work at seeing our dreams fulfilled.  Together God and I make an incredible force.  What an amazing thought.

I started by mentioning that I had just returned from a six-week trip to my homeland Sotuh Africa.  Every aspect of our trip was covered in prayer and God answered those prayers in remarkable ways.  I cannot go into all the details, but I will add that God does not always answer in the way that I anticipate He will.  However, I can tell you this with absolute confidence—He always answers prayer.

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,


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