As we begin our 40 days of focused prayer and fasting as a church body, I wanted today’s motivational moment to highlight the power of prayer in my own life. As a worship pastor, much of my prayer life is accompanied by worship songs. Sometimes they are songs that others have written, other times, they are songs that come from the depths of my heart, songs that are for that moment of prayer to the Lord.
The day before Logan was born, I was driving and began to pray and sing over Logan. I was talking to her (yes I talked to my belly for 9 months straight!), encouraging her to love Jesus all her life, praying that the talents and anointing the Lord places on her will be greater and reach more for the kingdom than I or her daddy ever could. As I prayed I began to sing the song “Great are You Lord.” Specifically the chorus “It’s Your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to You only.” The Holy Spirit was so present in that car, it was certainly a defining moment and I am thankful it was one of the last moments that I shared with Logan while still pregnant.
The next day, Tuesday at 11:46PM, Logan was born and her breathing was irregular. They rushed her away to the special care unit where they began to attempt to help her breathing regulate. It was the scariest moment of our lives and not at all what I had envisioned her birth being like. The next day, Jessie and I were able to see Logan, but could only hold her with all the IV and monitors attached, with a nurse standing close by. It was not until Thursday that we were able to hold Logan in a private room, just the three of us. I laid her on my chest, began to pray for her and instantly the song of Monday in the car came back to my spirit- how fitting a song. I began to sing again “It’s Your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise, pour out our praise. It’s Your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to You only.” As I sang, I declared that the breath in Logan’s lungs was the Lord’s and that we believed Logan’s breathing would regulate in Jesus name. Jessie, Logan and I enjoyed that time together before we took her back to the special care unit. After a day and a half of worrying about our baby girl, I had a sweet peace that the Lord was working everything out.
The next morning, we went back to see Logan and there were a few less machines beside her bed. I knew that must be a good sign! The same nurse from the day before came over and said: “Mrs. Pate, Logan’s breathing has completely regulated, we are on the road to recovery!” I could have shouted right there in that hospital. But instead, I just cried and said thank you Lord, Great are You Lord!
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” During these 40 days of prayer and fasting, present your situation to God. Allow Him to guard your heart AND mind. There is power in prayer, power in fasting, and power in praise! As you add these three things to your lifestyle, I believe you will witness miraculous occurrences in your own life! My momma says, “why can we take our problems to facebook, but not take them to the throne room!” There is power in that statement! Do not turn to the world to solve your problems, but through prayer and thanksgiving, by faith, allow the Lord to work miracles in your life- and declare, just like the song says Great are You Lord!
Have a great week!