Day 3: Praying Brave with a Yes Heart

Every day we have choices.

I feel like I am speaking to my children when I say that, I’m sorry. But even as adults and perhaps even more so, we get to choose who/what we respond yes and no to.

While I pondered praying brave with a yes heart I realized that from the beginning we are deciding that our yes will be for God. We discussed that day one. Our yes was decided before we knew his question, before we discover his invitation. Our first prayer was simply, “Yes Lord”.

When we maintain a yes heart position we are coming as women surrendered to the will of God.

When we come with an answer of maybe or no we must consider who we are surrendering to and what that means. A no to God is a yes to the world.

When the world receives our yes, God receives our no.

Our dear friend, Stephanie K. Adams with Real Women Ministries, reminded me of Mary, the mother of Jesus, recently. She noticed that when Mary gave her yes to God she didn’t know everything that would come with this brave answer. Her questions must have been many. But here was her response,
“Mary said,
Yes, I see it all now:
I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
just as you say.” Luke 1:38 The Message

We only need ponder for a moment what would have happened had her heart been unwilling. God desires a willing heart. In Mary He found a heart maintaining a yes posture.

Can we all agree that we would have needed a lot more information to whisper yes?

Suzanne Eller’s book, Come With Me, encourages us to “whisper yes where no wants to take root”. These words are such an encouragement to my heart that I have them posted on my refrigerator.

Brave friends, we must hold onto our yes when our yes is for God.

Our brave prayers must continue even if we don’t have all the answers. Brave prayers are faithful and continual even if the future looks uncertain or the task at hand seems risky.

You may be saying, but I’m not that brave. You may be thinking we are only on day three and I need to step slowly into this yes. You may be feeling like you want to hear from God loud and clear before you can give a brave yes.

Stay with us. Join us today for this prayer:

Lord,
It’s not so easy to say yes when we are unsure of what you will ask. Bravery like that of Mary seems scary. Uncertainly and fear want to win. Help us continue in our brave prayers. Remind us that we are not alone and we receive your power when we say yes. For you did not give us a spirit of fear. We trust your word. We want you to receive our yes and not the world. Amen

Tomorrow join as we learn that praying brave requires a skill many of us might say we forget to put into practice.

Today as you pray consider these scriptures: Luke 1:38. 46-48; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:15

Praying for you to be brave~ Jodie

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