Tuesday Truth: Making Irregular Regular

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9 times out of 10, I think its safe to say that behind every good idea is a good mother who suggested it.

That’s true for my life at least.

My first several jobs – all suggested by my mother. Finding the church Big Fisch and I now attend – my mother’s idea.

Deciding to marry Big Fisch? My mother’s idea.

Just kidding about that last one. That would be weird.

Quite simply, I have a wise mother with a strong intuition, and I have been blessed because of it so many times.

Last week we had a nice, long phone conversation on a night Big Fisch was out. She was telling me about a recent guest pastor who spoke at their church and what she had learned from him. She shared a quote of his with me that went something like this:

“When you pray to God regularly, irregular things will happen on a regular basis.” – Pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church

Somehow, my mom knew to share this with me. It was one of those one-liners that just sticks with you. Maybe it was because I realized at that moment how much I have been neglecting “regular” prayer. Not the 3 times a day, “bless this food” prayer, but that nitty gritty, pour my heart out to Him kind of prayer.

Or maybe it was because I’ve been noticing more lately how I have a hard time sticking to things consistently and regularly; and I know I want to change that.

Whatever the reasons, I felt like God was saying, “Give it a shot, Heather. Try me. Pray to me regularly and watch as I do irregular things in your life.”

I so desperately want those “irregular” things from God in my life. Because “regular”…or normal/average…is just not enough when it comes to what God can do in our lives.

I want to be changed by Him…not simply existing with a little bit of Him on the side.

God has the power to wow us by the changes and healing and victory He brings…I know this and believe it without a shadow of a doubt.

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And I also know and believe that prayer works. Prayer is powerful and purposeful. If prayers were simply pretty sounding, poetic whispers, God would say “no thanks…don’t waste my time.”

Prayer is crying out to God in our pain, anger, hurt, confusion, doubt, and fear.

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.”

Psalm 107:28-30

Prayer is bringing specific requests before God.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Prayer is seeking God, even when we’re unsure of the outcome, and having faith He’ll respond.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

Ever feel like all you really need at the moment is some sign from God that He’s there? That He cares and is near? Or maybe what you’ve been wanting is some crazy unexpected encounter with someone who you know you are supposed to care for and help?

God is full of these types of surprises, and signs, and encouraging encounters, and unexpected answers to prayer. These are the things that look irregular in our life because we’re so used to relying so little on God, and asking so little from Him.

I think I’ll go out on a limb and say I want to turn God’s irregular acts into a regular part of my life…and watch in amazement as He shows me just how faithful He really is.