God-Led God-Empowered Prayers

Some battles are far too important, far too consequential, for us to ever attempt to fight them alone.

This has become clearer to me now more than ever. God recently called me to engage in a battle so far beyond me, where the opposition felt so fierce and unconquerable, I knew Christ was my only hope. Therefore, I’m seeking Him and His will like I never have before, and I’m refusing to fight alone. I’ve gathered a group of women, nearly 30 in fact, to engage in the most powerful way possible—on our knees. And we’re experiencing Christ in a way, frankly, I never have before.

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Something miraculous, completely mind-blowing, occurs when we come together, seek God’s heart, and diligently pray as He leads. He moves in powerful ways. In ways that remind us that He truly is our all-powerful, loving, sovereign faithful God.

And I’m wondering why I don’t pray more. The only conclusion I’ve come up with is that I tend to make far too much of myself—my wisdom and efforts—and far too little of God. Because if I truly believed everything I claimed, that He indeed is the God over all of history, who knows the best course of action for every situation and has the power to bring His hope-filled, life-giving will to pass, then prayer would be my first response. Always.

Prayer isn’t about us convincing God to act in a particular way. Effective prayer is about us surrendering our hearts to Christ and inviting Him to mold us so that like our Savior we’re able to say, “God, not my will but Yours be done.” When we do that, our prayers become strategic, and you and I become empowered warriors in the battle against darkness.

Consider this quote, from the anonymous author of the Kneeling Christian: “When Christ is all in all—when He is Savior and Lord and King of our whole being, then it is really He who prays our prayers.”

Lord, guide us. Move us. Empower us. Use us. We know this battle before us ultimately belongs to You, and we know You have already won. Help us to always walk as victors, with the confidence and assurance of knowing that we belong to the Lord of lords and King of kings. And help us to trust, to hold tight to faith, even if that means disregarding “sight” while we wait for Your victory to unfold. (Hebrews 11:1)

For those following my Thriving With Chronic Illness podcast, make sure to check out my latest episode with Wholly Loved team member Victoria Mejias on knowing when to rest and when to push through. You can listen here:

Episode 13: Knowing When to Push and When to Rest Thriving with Chronic Illness

Balancing our time and energy with chronic illness can feel challenging and confusing. If we never push through when feeling unwell, we’ll likely never accomplish anything. However, we can easily overdo things, stealing our “jelly beans” as Jennifer terms it, and thus leaving us too fatigued for our highest priority tasks or activities. In this episode, Jennifer Slattery speaks with her Wholly Loved Ministry partner Victoria Mejias on how Victoria manages her time, energy, and symptoms as a single mom with progressive multiple sclerosis. Find Victoria online at: https://www.VictoriaElizabeth.com Find Jennifer Slattery at: http://jenniferSlatteryLivesoutLoud https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte Find her and Victoria’s ministry at: http://whollyloved.com Additional Resources: Faith Over Fear: Living with a Limp: https://www.lifeaudio.com/faith-over-fear/episode-4-the-courage-to-live-with-a-limp-embracing-our-weakness Faith Over Fear: The Courage to Have Hard Conversations: https://www.lifeaudio.com/faith-over-fear/the-courage-to-have-hard-conversations-ep-18 Group Discussion Questions: 1. How unpredictable are your symptoms? 2. What are some ways you can leave margin for unexpected difficult days? 3. How accurately does your schedule mirror your priorities? 4. What most challenges your ability to “push through” difficult days when necessary? 5. What most challenges your ability to rest when necessary? 6. In what ways do you struggle with guilt related to your limitations or necessary boundaries? 7. What lies are tied to your guilt? 8. What truths regarding Christ, His plans and power, and who you are in Him, can speak to your guilt? 9. What other fears are tied to your limitations or necessary boundaries? 10. What truths regarding Christ, His power and plans, and your identity in Him, can speak to those fears? 11. Is there anything God might be asking you to do in relation to what you take on and what you release? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Biscotto87
  1. Episode 13: Knowing When to Push and When to Rest
  2. Episode 12: How Chronic Illness Can Deepen Our Intimacy with Christ
  3. Episode 11: Thriving with Chronic Illness in Marriage
  4. Episode 10: Growing Intentionally Instead of Giving Up
  5. Episode 9: Pursuing Health in Our Relationships

You can check out my latest Faith Over Fear podcast episode on Finding the Courage to Obey here:

Trusting in the God Who Heals Our Sins (Jehovah-Rapha) – Ep. 65 Faith Over Fear

Do you ever feel like you’re God’s “problem child?” The one who never seems to be getting any better and who continues to struggle with the same sins and setbacks? Do you fear you’re simply too broken or irreparable? When we focus on our weaknesses and failings, we can easily feel overwhelmed and overpowered by sin. But God encourages us to raise our gazes onto Him, the God who heals. He is El Rapha, who heals us from our greatest disease, sin, and empowers us to live fully free. Find Jennifer Slattery: On her website at http://jenniferSlatteryLivesoutLoud On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte On Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find their ministry at: https://whollyloved.com/ Find Shellie Arnold: On her website at https://www.shelliearnold.com/ On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/shellie.arnold.7 And at: https://www.facebook.com/YOURMarriageresources Group Discussion Questions: 1. What most encouraged you in today’s episode? 2. Why might Scripture equate sin to a sickness or disease? 3. In what ways can you relate to Shellie’s story? 4. What is your greatest battle in living as Christ desires? 5. Why is it important we focus on Christ in us as we grow in spiritual maturity? 6. What does it mean to you that God is El Rapha, the God who heals? 7. Why is it important to remember that spiritual healing and growth take time? 8. What is one way you can rest more fully in Christ today? 9. Is there a step Christ is asking you to take, and if so, what is that? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Yelyzaveta-Matiushenko
  1. Trusting in the God Who Heals Our Sins (Jehovah-Rapha) – Ep. 65
  2. Resting in the God Who Provides (Jehovah-Jireh) – Ep. 64
  3. Finding Peace in the God of Heaven’s Armies (Jehovah-Sabaoth) – Ep. 63
  4. Trusting Adonai (Our Savior) to Be Our Lord – Ep. 62
  5. Confident of Salvation (el Shaddai) – Ep. 61

And make sure to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram! Find Wholly Loved Ministries HERE.

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2 Comments

  1. Jennifer, I have been listening to your podcasts, and have been really moved by them. I’ve been amazed by your “life path”, and your struggles. It’s never promised that we won’t face challenges, but I am learning how to be obedient and faithful as you have shown through your journey.

    My daughter lives in NKCMO, and I will be there the end of October, it would be a joy if we could meet. Your book writing, devotional writings and podcast, I’m sure keeps you busy.

    Juanita Higgins

    P.S. you have a great voice, it is so vivid and easy to listen to.

    On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 5:30 AM Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud wrote:

    > Jennifer Slattery posted: ” Some battles are far too important, far too > consequential, for us to ever attempt to fight them alone. This has become > clearer to me now more than ever. God recently called me to engage in a > battle so far beyond me, where the opposition felt so fierc” >

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