At the beginning of this month, I challenged myself and others to a 31 Day Prayer Challenge. The significance of this particular challenge is that we’re praying for a specific person (or place) everyday. If you want the details of the challenge, you can find them here: 31-Day “Pray for Them” Challenge
Over the past 11 days, I have been praying consistently for my person of choice and for all the other people and circumstances that may influence this persons life. While I don’t know how God has been moving on their behalf thus far, I trust that He is indeed moving. While praying consistently for this person, God has actually been working on my heart as well. See, I’ve been praying for myself, too, but I carve out time everyday dedicated to praying for my person. I pray for this persons heart, mind, spirit, character, finances, circumstances, strength, faith, courage, and anything else I can think of. I also pray for their family, friends, mentors and enemies, and that God has His way with them all.
But in the midst of these prayers, God has begun to open my heart. He’s started to show me things from a different perspective. He’s started to speak to me about this person and provide me with greater understanding. The thing that struck me most was that I have been able to speak the name of someone that I didn’t think I’d be able to say just yet. As I was writing my prayers for my person one day, I also included prayers for someone else that plays a huge role in their life. Because I read my prayers aloud everyday, I had gotten use to saying this other persons name. I realized God was beginning to strip the bitterness away. This wasn’t the initial person I had choose to pray for, but God has been revealing some negativity that exists in my heart. God is still working on me and He doesn’t want me to harbor any resentment, envy, bitterness, judgement or anger in my heart. Through prayer, He’s helping me to cleanse it.
I’ve started to pray more for this additional person, too. I pray that God also sends blessings to their life. I pray for happiness, fulfillment, strength, forgiveness, sincere reconciliation and ultimately that that person also finds all they need in God. Through my prayer, I sense light in what could easily be a dark place. While God is working in my heart, I pray He works in both of their lives as well. I don’t know what’s to come, and I may never find out how God makes a way for them, but what I do know is that He is definitely renewing my heart and mind during this process.