Bounce back Prayers; Confession of a Pentecostal

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Do you ever feel like your prayers bounce off heaven and return right back to you?

I Do.

That’s right.

I pray. I pray daily. Multiple times a day.

But their quick, their to the point, and yes…they are heartfelt.

 

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Matthew 6:7

That scripture always comes to mind. I know it was speaking to a specific audience at that time, but I still wonder… “will I be babbling?” I want God to hear my heart, not my words.

But it always says to Pray without ceasing…

“Pray Continually;”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Am I the only believer confused by scripture? ūüėČ

I have attended many churches of many denominations….All the same Jesus, and that’s what it’s about for me.

But my Home church, is technically a Pentecostal church, more modern day, I suppose.

We cut our hair, we wear pants, earrings, and make-up….that sort of stuff.

But we are spirit filled believers…..and let me tell ya,¬†them¬†Pentecostals¬†are some serious prayin’ folks….

Although, my beliefs line up with theirs, I struggle with long, carried out prayers that often occur during our meeting times.

I mean, I can only go on about a subject for so long, I can only plea to God what He already knows of my heart anyway in so many ways. I can only repeat His name so many times before I begin to wonder…. “Is He still listening to me?”

I am by No means, stating that those that pray for long periods of time aren’t being heard, or that they aren’t praying from the depths of their heart.

I know many people, good friends,  that I know very well, that are able to pray like that. I believe with all my heart it is 110% genuine heartfelt prayer. It is a gifting, that quite possibly I do not have.

My prayers are often quick, to the point, and finished before I become distracted, or before I feel like they begin to bounce back to me.

Or another example…

When our children feel as though they haven’t behaved as we desire them to, they often feel unworthy to ask for something. Right?

Well, as a child of God, when I don’t behave as I know He desires me to, I sometime feels unworthy of praying for something, or someone.

“Who am I to ask of my Father, when I have been such a spoiled rotten child?

My prayers will probably bounce off heaven and come right back to me.”

Do you ever feel this way? (please tell me I’m not alone)

Know this….

No matter how big, or how small…how long, or how to the point our prayers, if they are sent with a humble heart and with abundance of faith, they are heard with the joyful heart of God.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up”

~James 4:10

We are also to confess our sins before prayer so that we may come to God Holy and Blameless

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective

~James 5:16

Apparently James has lots of good stuff to say about praying!

What’s your view? Are you a quick, and to the point kinda prayer warrior, or do you find yourself often lost in prayer, seeking Him?

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Stacey is a: Saved by Grace, God fearing, Bible believing, Child of the King! In her chaotic world of full time employment, being a wife, raising 5 boys, laundry, dishes, carpool, PTSA, and on and on: She is STILL trying to fulfill God's call in her life.....to share her story, her battles, her triumphs, and testimonies of being a teen mom from a drug addicted home, to being the not so perfect wife and mother she is today! Her prayer is to lift up and encourage others through the words that God lays before her! In her chaos she has learned, she is not just a wife and mother.....she is a taxi driver, a nurse, a referee, a counselor, a maid, a cook and so much more...she has MANY purposes! Welcome to Multipurposemom.com, Here we hope you find strength, humor, tears, and tangibility for your journey....whatever it is! Please feel free to comment (we LOVE comments) and if you are blessed, please won't you share the blessing with others! Thanks for Visiting! In Christ!

4 responses »

  1. Funny, my last blog was about faith. Maybe spring inspires religious thoughts. I think you are supposed to keep prayers simple, and yet pray them continually. My son prays for simple thinks, like for his ear infection to heal, or to have sweet dreams. He says prayers often, but never for more than a sentence or two. I am always inspired by the simplistic beauty of his prayers… He’s 8 years old and he teaches me how to pray!

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