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She Prays: A 31-Day Journey to Confident Conversations with God
by Debbie Lindell
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An Open Door
Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in
The door opened, and there she stood. Her face shone with joy as she welcomed my family in. The familiar scents of homemade lefse and sweet perfume brought me comfort. She was just over five feet tall, but she was a giant to my eight-year-old self. Her weathered Bible was lying open where it always was, on the little wooden table next to her worn floral chair with delicate crocheted doilies gracefully covering its arms. I always had the feeling that we had interrupted a conversation—one she was having with her best friend. And no doubt we were. She had loved and followed Jesus for over seventy-five years. She knew God. He was her heavenly Father, her friend, her protector, her counselor, her life, and her breath.
Her family had emigrated from Norway to northern Minnesota in 1882, a year before she was born. Life had not been easy for her: she had birthed ten children, lost one, and then sent four of her sons off to war. Her husband had struggled with severe depression, her sons had battled alcohol addiction, and her family endured the Great Depression. Yet through all the trials, her faith had become only stronger and her joy only more evident to all who knew her. How? She lived, breathed, and practiced God’s presence, and because of that, his presence filled every part of her life. Her eyes sparkled with faith, hope, and trust. My little heart knew I wanted to be like her when I grew up. This tiny tower of a woman was my great-grandma Tina.
Everything moves. Nothing really stays the same. Grandmothers grow older, possessions become antiques, clocks tick, and time marches on. You? Well, you, my friend, are a little older since you began reading these words. You can’t keep anything from changing.
Your prayer life is similar. It is either growing in strength or diminishing in power. If it’s stagnant, like a pond without a fresh source of water flowing into it, it will gradually evaporate and become muddy. But God’s presence and supernatural grace bring energy and vitality to your relationship with him like a stream flowing into your prayer life.
We live in a natural world. And if we are not careful to look through our spiritual eyes, it will be easy to think that the natural things are all there is to life. But the supernatural world exists. As a believer and follower of God, you have access to experience, touch, feel, and influence both the natural and spiritual realms.
Our day-to-day existence can seem completely void of the spiritual world. We get up, go to work, run errands, come home. We parent, converse with our spouses, manage our in-boxes, complete to-do lists. Even church can become routine—gray and empty and lifeless.
Pastor and author Simon Holley explains: “God is a supernatural being. He exists beyond and within the natural universe that he has created. This is part of what makes him God. He has created natural laws and properties that control and regulate the universe that we live in. Part of our joy and delight is to study, understand and harness those laws for our benefit and advancement. However, the God who created those laws will not be contained by them. We see this throughout Scripture. From the very first story of God walking with Adam in the cool of the day right through to the final stories of angelic battles in the book of Revelation, it is clear that God’s supernatural realm coexists with the natural realm that he has also created. The problem is we just don’t see it.”1
Our difficulty in being aware of the spiritual world isn’t that it doesn’t exist. The problem is that we don’t step through the door of the natural world into all there is for us to experience in the supernatural world.
This past year I was at Disneyland with my family, and my daughter and I chose to visit an attraction together. We waited in a small room for several minutes, not knowing what was on the other side of a door. When the door opened, it revealed a large room with hundreds of seats. We sat down, and minutes later we seemed to be flying above the clouds, taking in spectacular color and brilliant scenery. It was magical and breathtaking, but to experience it, we first had to step through the door.
Your prayer life is the doorway to a place beyond your everyday, feet-on-the-ground life, into a whole new and colorful world. Prayer connects your natural world to the supernatural power and movement of your creator. You were granted access to this whole other world through your faith in Jesus Christ.
All this and more is what the apostle Paul was referring to in Ephesians 3:12 when he wrote, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” You can go through the door! You have access to the supernatural, all-powerful Creator through prayer.
And just as Paul’s desire was for believers to know and experience all that was beyond the door of the natural world, that is my desire for you. Through these next thirty-one days, I hope your prayer life will grow to another dimension; that your natural, everyday existence will tap into the color and vibrancy and power of the supernatural; and that you, my friend, will be changed forever.
Here is a paraphrase of Paul’s writing in Ephesians 3:14 as I think about you and the exciting journey ahead:
- When I think of what God has made available to you,
I go to my knees to pray to the Father, the Creator of
everything, even your life. I pray that you will come to
know and understand what is beyond the door of your
natural, everyday life—to
believe that through your daily
encounters with your creator through prayer, you will be
made complete, connecting fully and confidently to the
supernatural power available to you in God’s presence.
One time when Jesus was teaching, he said these words to everyone listening: “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 GNT). What do you think those words might mean for your prayer life?
Imagine a door in front of you. God is about to open it and invite you inside to experience a deeper relationship with him. How does that make you feel? What would be the first thing you would want to ask him to do for you?
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