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, so allow me to apologize. 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 came to the understanding that even before we know what God will ask, we determine that our answer will be yes to His call. Our first brave prayer is simply, “Yes, Lord”.

When we maintain a “yes heart” position we are come 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 friend, Stephanie K. Adams, with Real Women Ministries, spoke of Mary, the mother of Jesus, recently. She noticed that Mary gave her yes to God even when she didn’t know everything that would come with this brave answer. Her questions must have been many when the Lord revealed that she would give birth to His Son, but her willing response opened the door for God to use her in His plan to bring a Savior into the world.

“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

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.

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 thinking, “I’m not that brave.” You may want to step slowly into your 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. 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

Join us tomorrow to learn that praying brave requires a skill many of us might admit 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

PS: Today is our last to enter to have a chance to win a signed copy of Suzanne Eller’s new book, Come With Me Devotional! We will draw a random winner today at 1pm. Make sure to stop by this post: Give Away Post and leave a comment!

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