2013! Sizzle! Pfft! zzzz…

My husband Ed and I got our hineys kicked in 2012.  We were hopeful for 2013, but 2012 just won’t let go of us.  I am so burned out that I practically needed God to show up in a burning bush to encourage me!  That didn’t happen, but God did remind me of a great burn-out buster:  The Listening Prayer.  It’s an amazing tool that I hope to make a way of life.  I have practiced it intermittently, always with good results, but never had the discipline to stick with it.  I may be so needy now that the Listening Prayer will become a habit.  There is a simple resource for learning it at Adventures in Missions at  http://www.adventures.org/a/articles/basics_of_listening_prayer.asp.  And below I have posted it the way I learned it from Kensington Community Church in Troy, Michigan.  Very similar versions of the same concept. I write out my prayer question in Evernote in regular text, then switch to italics and write out what I think I hear God saying.  Now I have a daily record of my “conversations” with God!

What’s your favorite “burn-out buster?”  please leave me a comment, because I need options!

The Listening Prayer
Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, and according to James 1:5 I am seeking wisdom for _____________
In the name of Jesus, according to Matthew 28:18 and Luke 10:19 & 20 I take authority over Satan and his fallen angels and command that they be rendered deaf, dumb and blind to my prayers and removed from my presence. I place my own voice under subjection to the shed blood of Jesus and command that my own thoughts be taken captive to the obedience of Christ, according to II Corinthians 10:5.  I ask Father that only Your Holy Spirit will speak to me as I wait on you for wisdom, insight and direction for ________________ and what You show me and direct me to do I will quickly obey.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me.’”

Luke 10:19 & 20 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.”

II Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ…”