A few years ago I transitioned from my career in radio to a position in ministry at a growing church. It was ten years after I had graduated high school and ventured out on my own, so it felt like a God-send that it would involve moving back closer to my mom and dad’s farm. And, honestly, returning to my childhood bedroom sounded like a nice reprieve. Surely, I thought, I’ll meet my husband within the year and move right on to the next phase of life.
And, as I settled in at home, I developed this habit where every time I put my key in my car and turned the ignition, I would pray. My commute was about 25 minutes, but usually I’d spend just a few minutes petitioning the Lord and then move on to calling my sister (Dawn) or singing along with the radio. Often, I didn’t feel like praying. Most times! But I was committed and stayed persistent.
What happened, as I prayed each day, is that these prayers turned into declarations. For example, I would pray for my family: “I bless my family and declare that every single member will come to salvation this year and are passionately loving and serving Jesus. No accident, illness or trauma will come against us and each one of us will walk out the fullness of our days and the destiny He’s ordained for us. Thank you Lord for blessing our businesses, bringing new contracts and customers, and expanding our territory…”
And so forth!