Before I counsel, before I teach, before I write, before I sell, before I share, I pray. I am a praying counselor. I pray for my clients. I pray for Holy Spirit to use me to speak His words to them. I pray for my blogs. I pray that Holy Spirit will use my weak words to encourage someone’s heart with truth and hope. I pray for my talks, my lessons. I pray that He will take the message to customize for whoever is sitting in the room.
Prayer is this beautiful invitation to friendship with God to see His purposes accomplished on earth. It is mind boggling to me that the God who created the universe, who displays His handiwork with the stars and the mountains and the seas, invites me to share my heart with Him. He thinks I am important (Luke 12:7). He thinks my voice is lovely (S of S 2:14). He delights in me (2 Sam. 22:20). He rejoices over me (Zeph. 3:17). He wants to talk with me (Ps. 27:8).
I met God when I was seven and learned that I could “know” Him (Phil. 3:10). In my little powerless and lonely world, having access to His power and His friendship was a call to experience a magnificent world more real than my own.
One of my favorite places on earth is my Secret Place where I meet with God. I talk. I listen. I ask questions. I ponder. I study His words. He tells me His secrets.
Sometimes He gives me messages for others.
Sometimes He sends a broken, hurting heart for me to love to life.
Sometimes He pulls back the curtain revealing yet another beautiful aspect of His face.
I never know what to expect when I go to my secret place, but I always know our time together will be filled with joy as our hearts attune.
I don’t take lightly the clients He sends me. I see each one with a story that needs to be honored. For a short season of their life, I get the privilege of walking beside them, helping them to carry suitcases of unresolved history to the cross, teaching them how to go to the secret place, and empowering them to know His voice like I do.
I speak their name to Him asking for His blessings to touch their life. When I pray for my clients, I put a demand on my faith to know that it is not up to me to see them grow and be free but up to Him. I pray for courage to speak what they need to hear even when it is hard and unpleasant. But most of all, I ask Him to speak His love through me.
Even after my time with them is over, I still often find myself whispering prayers for their protection, their growth, or their healing.
As a counselor, a teacher, a speaker, a writer, I only go where He tells me to go and do what He tells me to do (John 5:20). But my favorite days are getting to sit at His feet to enjoy the sweetness of His voice and the closeness I find in the place of prayer.
If you want to learn more about prayer, contact me.
A few years ago, I wrote a prayer book to teach believers to pray. It is called Garden Tools: Tending the Garden of Your Heart -3rd Edition.
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