Responding now to prayer triggers in your life
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.” Luke 12:35-36
God can use anything to prompt you to pray – situations, time, objects, places and people. When you recognize His prayer triggers, how do you respond? Do you act immediately or do you miss the moment to pray? Timing is everything. Yet you’ll respond when God calls by employing a familiar if slightly revised three-step approach.
Alice was enjoying a routine morning when her doctor came to her mind. She hadn’t connected with him in years yet considered him a family friend. His selfless service to his country as a doctor in the Armed Forces to patients who couldn’t afford to pay and to his special needs son always inspired her.
The next day, he came to mind again.
This time, she stopped, dropped what she was doing, and prayed. “Lord, why are you bringing him to mind and what do you want me to do?” Immediately Alice felt prompted to call him. She sensed he was glad to hear from her. She felt his pain when he shared about a fluke accident that broke his neck and paralyzed him. When she told him she would pray for him each day, he was touched and she believes he needed to hear her words on that particular day.
“I believe the Holy Spirit definitely impresses upon us someone’s extra need for immediate prayer, whether they are in danger, or they are struggling with something difficult,” says Marlae Gritter, executive vice president of Moms in Prayer International. “I’ve had countless experiences like this and have learned if I have someone on my heart and it won’t go away I need to simply be obedient and pray unceasingly for them.”
STOP. Pause from your activity right now. Who is God bringing to your mind? Does someone in the military or a specific presidential candidate need your prayers today? Invite the Holy Spirit to reveal someone to you.
After you stop and hear his voice, be willing to drop everything to pray or act.
“I’ve learned that anytime I’m awakened in the middle of the night with someone on my mind, God is giving me a special assignment to pray,” Gritter says. “I need to be available and obey and trust that God wants to use my obedience in prayer, to make a difference in others lives.”
Responding to God’s call to pray or act may require you to surrender your expectations, your plans or even your comfort:
o Jesus asked Peter, James and John to drop their nets (profession) and follow him.
o Christ also asked them to pray in the garden of Gethsemane and surrender sleep.
o When Paul was imprisoned and forced to lay down his public ministry, he wrote and prayed.
“My response flows out of my relationship with God. Apart from Him, I can do nothing,” says Hal Sacks, president and co-founder of BridgeBuilders International of Arizona. “That’s how the southwest border prayer initiatives got started. I was presented with the overwhelming needs and concerns of some Christian leaders along the USA/Mexico border. Initially I was indifferent and felt powerless over what was going on, but as I listened, God’s compassion rose up in my heart and I responded to His call to pray and to mobilize multitudes to do the same,” he said. “Jesus reminds us, ‘with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’.”
Prayer is powerful and activates the power of God. Satan will do everything he can to distract you from praying. What activity or expectation is distracting you? Surrender it to God…then drop down on your knees.
Perhaps this article is the prayer trigger God will use to prompt you to pray for a situation or leader in our nation. Respond now.
Stop. Drop. Pray.