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Meet Sydney: A Teenage Prayer Warrior (Part 2)

Last week we began our interview with my blogger friend and fellow prayer warrior, Sydney (you can check out her blog at: Squid’s Cup of Tea). Thank you once again for sharing with us, Sydney!

Interview with Sydney

Q. What encouragement/tips would you like to share with a Christian who’s struggling in their prayer life?

Sydney: Just start. You might have to force yourself to, but don’t take “Nah, I don’t feel like it” for an answer. Rules are placeholders. Once the habit is formed, the moral learned, the principle ingrained into you, then you can loosen the restrictions you’ve placed on yourself. Such rules for prayer can look like:

  • Setting aside a specific time and/or place for prayer.
  • Making a checklist for once-, twice-, or thrice-a-day prayer.  If you miss a day, don’t sweat it, but use that failure as an incentive to do better the next day.  
  • Make a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
  • Combine prayer time with Bible-reading time!  I’ve found that this works amazingly for me because I can just pray what I’m reading (Psalms are a great book to pray through!).  

Basically, find a method that works for you. If one of my suggestions works for you, great! Try it! This is a relationship, not a to-do list, and God will change your heart if you want Him to. Unfortunately, it often hurts when He does that, so make sure you’re sure. I can speak from experience, though, and say that it is completely worth it.  

Whatever your method, also remember that there’s no such thing as a bad prayer. You’re praying! God cares about your heart. If you recognize that your prayer life is lacking and want to do something about it, then you’re already on the right track. The words aren’t important, but your attitude is. If you’re struggling, tell Him.  Ask Him to help. Identify (with prayer, if you can) what is hindering you. Distractions, unconfessed/unaddressed sin, etc. will all hinder you when you’re trying to connect with our holy God.  

Q. What are some of your favorite Bible verses or quotes on prayer?

“When my arms can’t reach people who are close to my heart
I always hug them with my prayers” ~ Sharon Lagueux

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” ~ Martin Luther

“Is prayer your steering wheel or spare tire?” ~ Corrie ten Boom

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 

“Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock at night.” ~ George Herbert

“Prayer is the world’s best wireless connection.” ~ Anonymous

“Once a man was asked, “What did you gain by regularly praying to God?” The man replied, “Nothing…but let me tell you what I lost: Anger, ego, greed, depression, insecurity, and fear of death.” Sometimes, the answer to our prayers is not gaining but losing; which ultimately is the gain.” ~ Anonymous

Love,
Your sister in Christ,

Sydney

~ About Sydney ~ 

I am a 17-year-old female Floridian homeschooled-since-birth saved from an eternity in hell by Yeshua’s death on the cross. I’m a fighter for truth and free speech, even if I disagree with what it is used for. I am a lover of the Bible, people, birding, spiders, chess, superheroes, physics, math, libraries, music, worshipping, the Oxford comma, proper capitalization, proper punctuation, proper spelling, and photography.

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Meet Sydney: A Teenage Prayer Warrior

This Warrior Wednesday I’m excited to introduce you to a fellow prayer warrior and blogger friend of mine named Sydney. I (Joy) have been following Sydney’s thought-provoking and fun blog for years now (you can check it out here: Squid’s Cup of Tea), and am thrilled to have her sharing her heart on prayer with us today. Thank you, Sydney!

This is Part 1 of our interview with Sydney, so stay tuned for next week’s Warrior Wednesday highlight.

Interview with Sydney

Q. Why do you pray?

Sydney: This is a really difficult question.  I pray so many different prayers for so many different reasons… Let’s see if I can cover how/why in the same question…

Disclaimer, these are my own categories that I’ve drawn from my own spiritual journey, not set in stone theological standards.  Feel free to come up with your own categories, if you so please, but I hope these help.

Panicked Prayer: 

I often pray because I get lonely, anxious, manipulative, etc. and I know I shouldn’t be. I’ve tried some things and heard about others, but nothing else works.  Prayer is the only thing that takes the pressure off of me to have everything under control.  It’s my lifeline, my hotline, and my emergency contact info.  When I’m stressed out, freaked out, or completely undone, panicked prayer to The One in control of my life is the only thing that brings me peace.  After years of this, I don’t get too unstrung, but I would get worse if I didn’t pray.  

Passionate Prayer: 

This usually involves me bawling my eyes out because I’m in awe of God and just can’t fathom His incredible grace, love, foresight, and/or sacrifice.  I’m thanking Him for whatever it is that He showed me, and these times of prayer draw me deeper into His love, strengthening my faith.  It’s the bonding time between me and the Love of my life.  

Intercessory Prayer:

This is what a lot of people think of when they think of prayer.  It’s lifting others up to our Heavenly Father because they need it.  “Pray for those who persecute you” refers to this type of prayer.  I like it because it makes me acknowledge God’s sovereignty and my helplessness.  “Please heal this person because You can, and we can’t” is a typical sentiment.  Why do we pray this way?  Because God tells us to in the Bible, because He does answer it in His time, and because it is a great selfless exercise.  Also, you can’t hate someone you pray for… it just doesn’t work.  You want a relationship to mend?  Make sure your heart isn’t the problem first, and a great way to accomplish that is to pray for the other person(people).

Constant Prayer:

In Philippians, we are told to constantly pray.  That seems a little impractical (I need my eyes open to drive!!) until we realize that we think about a lot of things and talk to ourselves constantly, right?  What if we used that brain power to talk to God instead?  Every time something happens, talk to God about it. I think of it like texting.  We spam people we care about, right?  We want to talk to them so badly that we don’t care whether or not they’re ignoring us.  The great thing is, God is always listening, and constant spamming is something He cherishes.  

Whether it’s a crazy driver who just cut you off, “God, please protect those ahead of me from this driver, and thank you for protecting me just now,” or seeing a beautiful sunrise, “Wow, God, your creation is beautiful!  Thank you for giving me this sunrise!” God loves when we thank Him for the little things, or when we trust His provision and actually tell Him that.

Sometimes, at the end of the day, I like to thank God for as many things/people/happenings as I can think of.  It’s a great way to get in a good mood (can’t be angry and thankful at the same time!) and a good way to fall asleep. 🙂

Q. How different do you think your life would be today if you had never prayed to God?

Sydney: Eek!  I don’t even want to think about that!  Everything about me would be different and worse.  Prayer is the way we grow in our faith and become mature Christians.  If I never prayed, it would be as bad as never eating.  I would be starving emotionally and spiritually.  I would be anxiety-ridden, manipulative, and horribly mean.  Without the peace that I get from panicked and constant prayer, the love I receive in passionate prayer, and the blessings I receive when others engage in intercessory prayer on my behalf, my life would be a mess.  Have you ever seen a toddler scribble as hard as he can on a piece of paper?  That, compared to a love letter carefully crafted and written by a teenager, would be my life as compared to what God has made from my mistakes when I let Him take charge.  I can only relinquish that control, though, when I pray.

Love,
Your sister in Christ,

Sydney

~ About Sydney ~ 

I am a 17-year-old female Floridian homeschooled-since-birth saved from an eternity in hell by Yeshua’s death on the cross. I’m a fighter for truth and free speech, even if I disagree with what it is used for. I am a lover of the Bible, people, birding, spiders, chess, superheroes, physics, math, libraries, music, worshipping, the Oxford comma, proper capitalization, proper punctuation, proper spelling, and photography.

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Warrior Wednesday: George Müller (1805-1898)

This is the first post in a new series we’re starting called “Warrior Wednesday.” With each post we’ll highlight a prayer warrior from history or present day, to inspire one another.

The children clamored to the table as they usually did.

Shouts were heard and smiles glistened across faces. George Müller sat at the head of the table, waiting for the children to arrive. As they came to the table, he saw their faces. Each child was expecting a meal and something to fill their tummies.

But that day, there was no food.

Nothing at all to choose from. No cereal, no fruit, no bread. Each child took their seat and looked over at Mr. Müller. He smiled back at them and waited for all the seats to be filled. As each child filed in, they began to realize that there was nothing on the table.

Once the room was full of hungry children, Mr. Müller folded his hands and began to pray.

His prayer for the meal filled the room. All the children bowed their heads in respect of Mr. Müller’s prayer. After not having food on the table, they were surprised to hear him thank the Lord for the food. What food was there to be thankful for?

As soon as Mr. Müller finished his prayer, a knock came at the door.

The children looked at Mr. Müller and watched him as he went to the door. There on the doorstep stood the milkman. His cart had broken down and his milk would spoil in the hot sun, so he wondered if Mr. Müller could use it. Of course! Mr. Müller could use that milk! What an answer to a prayer.

The story of Mr. Müller shows the power of Yahweh at work for us to see.

When we pray, we should have the faith of a child and know that Yahweh will work through the difficult times in our lives. What a blessing to have the example of Mr Müller set before us!

If you want to read more about George Müller, check out his autobiography here!

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