Something happened to me on Monday. It’s hard to describe. I think the best way to explain it would be to say the Holy Spirit moved in me.
During Lent this year, I’ve been working through a 40 day prayer challenge. Using Mark Batterson‘s book, Draw the Circle – The 40 Day Prayer Challenge, I have daily spent time reading a devotional and learning how to pray with intent.
Monday was day 35. At some point early Monday afternoon, I began to feel a strong urge to go pray. I’m not talking about finding a quiet place at work to pray for a few minutes. This was a full-on urge or push or whatever you want to call it, to leave work and spend significant time in prayer.
I didn’t know what to do.
How could I simply leave work? What would I say to my boss? What about my customers who were expecting to see me when they arrived later? And it wasn’t like I could simply hold out until 5pm. This “feeling” began early in the afternoon. Maybe around 1pm. On Mondays I work until 8pm.
I decided I’d at least begin with leaving for lunch. Usually I eat at my desk, but I knew this needed to be different. My intent was to grab some lunch and go sit in my truck somewhere and pray.
As I walked to my truck I realized I needed to ignore my hunger. It could wait. This needed to be a time focused on prayer.
I drove to a nearby parking lot where I wouldn’t be bothered. And I prayed. I prayed for over an hour. I prayed for the four items I’ve been circling in prayer during the 40 day challenge. I closed my eyes, opened my hands, and prayed.
I prayed for God to calm my mind.
I prayed for God to open my ears.
I prayed for God to open my heart.
I prayed for God to speak to me, and to pour His love and power into my heart so I could be more obedient to His calling in my life.
The call to pray was crystal clear. I answered the call the best I could at the time. I had to return to work. There were people relying on me.
The time I spent praying was wonderful. The experience was what I had been searching for, and at least partly the intent behind participating in the 40 Day Prayer Challenge.
There is certainly a rebirth occurring in my prayer life. I’ve learned how important it is to be intentional, committed and consistent with prayer.
Prayer can begin a rebirth in your life. It has in mine.
Through these last weeks I have grown exponentially in some areas of my prayer life, and not at all in other areas. It is a learning experience. It is a growth experience.
I’m growing closer to God. I’m learning how to listen for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.
I’ve been planning all along to write about the experience of the 40 Day Prayer Challenge. I hadn’t been planning to do it this soon. But this was necessary. Very necessary.
In the weeks after Easter I will share more about what I learned during the 40 days. I hope you’ll come back to read more.
Have you ever felt you should drop everything and go pray? I’d love to have you share your story in the comments!