One-Line Prayer Challenge

So many doors remain unopened because we don’t talk to God. We tend to only go to Him when we are in dire need of something or when we are all out of options.

Thus, He becomes our last resort.

But God doesn’t want to be our last resort.

Although He promises to be there for us even if He is our last resort (which shows the extent of His love for us), He searches the earth day in and out for hearts that are fully committed to Him (2 Chron 16:9). Our attention to Him brings God great pleasure.

Wouldn’t you want to do more of what pleases God?

As His children, He wants us to get to know Him. Only in getting to know God through prayer and study can we develop a sincere love for who He is. Daily quiet time and devotion are both necessary for this. (yes, I have to work on this too!)

Although having a set quiet time with God is important, it is also important that we include Him in our daily activities (Prov 3:6)…yes, even the boring mundane ones. This means thinking of Him (meditation) and acknowledging Him throughout our day (prayer).

And guess what?

God doesn’t require us to pray hour long prayers every time we speak to Him. (click to tweet)

When you call your best friends, do you talk to them for over an hour every time you speak to them? Sometimes all you need is a five-minute pep talk or just a minute to tell them something you’ve been holding on to all day.

We should treat our Heavenly Father the same. 

So I want to challenge you to practice...practice talking to God throughout your day, even if all you are able to mutter to Him is simply a one-line prayer.

Yep, those are prayers too.

Prayers don’t have to be intimidating, long or repetitive. They can be quick, short and just as effective as you’d think long prayers would be. To be honest, sometimes our spirit is so weary, a sentence is all we can conjure up. And just as He would an hour long prayer, God listens.

Even Jesus prayed short, emotion-filled, prayers like these. 

As the time neared for him to be crucified, he was so filled with grief that he prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt 26:39)

Short and to the point. In other words, he was saying, "Is there any way to get me out of this?!"

At the end of the day, God just wants us to talk to Him; for us to bring our concerns, delights, fears, joys...all of it to Him. Whether it takes one hour or one minute, things would be so much clearer if we just talked to Him.


THE CHALLENGE

WHAT ARE #OneLinePrayers? 

A One Line Prayer, is a short and concise prayer prayed typically in one or two sentences. It lacks length but it does not lack power.

How To Participate:

  • At least once each day, pray a #onelineprayer for yourself and for someone else (how many people and who you choose is up to you!)
     
  • Each day, send a #onelineprayer to someone via social media, text, email, etc. as an act of encouragement. It may surprise them! 
     
  • Share the prayers you've written on twitter, instagram and/or facebook and tag, #theprayerproject and #onelineprayers. If you prefer, to keep them private, write them in a journal.
     
  • I will collect and share the prayers shared publicly on my twitter, Instagram, and facebook pages each day you participate. This will serve as encouragement to yourself and to all who read. This challenge will also help you to make prayer a priority throughout the busyness of your day.
     
  • Upon signing up, you will receive a list of prayer prompts to use during the challenge. If you prefer not to use the prompts and want pray whatever you feel, that is perfectly fine. The prompts were created only to serve as inspiration for those who may need help.
     
  • For 15 consecutive days, you will receive a daily email with a new prompt, scripture and words of encouragement.

* If you are already on #theprayerproject email list, you don't need to sign up again!


This challenge has ended.

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