Day 49: Birthing the Miraculous (Contending in Prayer) (February 18)

Today while running, I was listening to a sermon and started thinking about contending for things in prayer.  Some things take time.  Some prayers take a season to fully marinate and become an answered prayer.  But if God has put it on your heart to pray or contend for something, rest assured, if you will stick it out with Him then you WILL receive what was promised.

In an instant, I was reminded of the season when Chris and I really wanted to have a baby and so we were “trying” and praying to conceive.  I had a dream one day, and in it God told me that I would have a daughter and part of her name would be Selah.  It was so vivid.  I told Chris right away and it was settled in my heart, yet we still weren’t pregnant.

Time passed and I wrestled.  I longed to conceive.  I was desperate to have a baby, but not just any baby.  I longed deeply to have a daughter.  Daily I would petition God for a daughter.

Then one day I started to feel unwell.  Chris suggested I take a pregnancy test, and it was POSITIVE!  Immediately, I knew I would have a girl.  Others tried to tell me not to put too much hope in that, lest I be disappointed.  But I knew what God had said and I knew I was pregnant with a daughter.  When we were finally able to have an ultrasound to reveal gender, it was no shock to me that I was growing a baby girl inside of my body.  My heart was always certain.

What does this have to do with birthing the miraculous or contending in prayer?  Well, when God spoke to me today, He said that I should approach Him with the same intensity that I did when I longed to conceive…not just a baby….but specifically, a daughter.  He was giving me permission to not only pray and ask Him for the things I’ve been rolling around in my heart, but to be specific.  I can’t describe the release I felt when finally praying out specifics to Him.

It is often my default to pray in general terms and leave all details to Him…I mean, He knows what I really need.  But there have been a few times in life when He has released me to come before Him with exactly my heart’s desire. In those times, I have always received exactly what I prayed.  I also believe that in those moments I was actually praying what His heart already had in mind for me.

He doesn’t want us to walk out life as a beggar.  He wants us to fully realize that we are co-heirs with Christ.  That thought is so huge! But completely true.  Jesus never prayed from uncertainty.  He prayed from a place of knowing His true position.  I long to become more and more like that.

God, I pray that today You would give me a revelation of my position with You.  As a co-heir of Christ, show me how to walk out life.  Show me how to have faith bigger than a mustard seed.  Deliver me from the poverty spirit and walk me into the sonship I was created to live out.  Help me to take hold of all that Jesus died to share with me.  I want to be ever closer to Your heart.  Thank You for Your love and affection for me.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–  heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. Romans 8:14-17

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’, and it will be done.  If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Matthew 21:21-22

He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20-21

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