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the power of a one word prayer


i don’t know what your prayer lives are like but, unfortunately, mine isn’t as consistent or routine as i’d like.  we have a routine of praying with our boys before bedtime and it’s a sweet ritual.  we say our “family prayer” after which the boys can say their own “special” prayer.  my youngest (2) has just started participating in the family prayer and after we say his name he shouts, “ME?!” and then repeats “amen, amen, AMEN, AMEN!” until we are finally to the end and, alas, amen.  it’s so precious and makes us laugh every night!  i think God must get a kick out of it too because life has shown me He has a great sense of humor.

although i believe He appreciates our family prayers, i also know i need to have my own consistent prayer time.  a personal time where i lift up prayers for my family, my children, my friends and loved ones and myself.  but truth be told, many times i’m in the midst of talking to God when, {ahem}, i fall asleep.  apparently i’m quite wordy at the end of the day.  and very unintentional.  i spend deliberate time doing so many trivial things and yet my time speaking to God is without forethought; completely off the cuff.

i truly believe that lives devoted in prayer reap rewards of His faithfulness.  so i’ve decided i want to be more intentional and consistent in my prayer life.  but there are times when i’m tired and weary.  so i’ve been doing some single word prayers.  matthew 6:8 tells us that the ‘Father knows what you need before you ask Him.’

so i’m striving to stop talking for talking sake.  to rely on the power of one intentional, relevant word and allow God in His wisdom and infinite love to fill in the rest.  to intentionally leave room in the silence for His grace.  oftentimes we don’t know what to pray for and so we ramble on, grasping for adequacy.  romans tells us that when we don’t know what to pray for that the spirit will intercede on our behalf.  we can allow the silence to let Him speak for us.  how much more powerful is our prayer when we allow Him to fill in the desires of our heart?  the desires we don’t even know we have.  to present our word as an offering and leave it there in the stillness of silence.  there, He works.  He tends and heals.  He is a God of miracles.

i’m praying for friends, family, and myself tonight and some of my words include: sustain, refine, comfort, restore.  guide, protect, direct, renew.  i do believe this might make my prayer life not only more consistent and intentional, but also more creative, exciting, and powerful.

what do you think of a one word prayer?  how are you intentional in your prayer life?



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  • C February 1, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I typically use my drive to work to worship and pray, but find myself focused on prayer for that day. I tried a bible study, Learn to Pray in 28 Days, although it helped me keep my prayers focused I had an overwhelming feeling that I really was not good at praying. We too have a great bedtime routine with the children, everything always seems better through a child’s eyes :). Anyway, I think I will try to find the word on my heart for the day and see where He takes it, thanks for the idea!

  • Tammy February 1, 2013, 3:51 pm

    you’re welcome! 🙂

  • Leilani February 28, 2013, 5:57 pm

    I’m really good at one-word prayers. Usually my word of choice is “HELP!”:)

    • Tammy March 1, 2013, 4:23 am

      hahah! …leilani this made me laugh out loud! 🙂

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