(#5) Warrior

My wife is a big Rachel Hollis fan. She’s read her books, she listens to her podcasts, and she’s even attended her conferences… and I must admit - Rachel is pretty rad. Although she caters to the business-minded-self-improvement-females of the world, she puts out solid content and has undoubtedly had a positive impact on millions. One of Rachel’s suggested practices/concepts is the the reason I am writing this post.

A couple of nights ago, after the kids were asleep, my wife and I were posted in our room having an insightful “life” conversation about what’s important to us, where we want to be in 5-10 years, etc. (these types of conversations are super important to consistently have with your significant other by the way). And as we were talking, my wife mentioned this, “best self” practice she’s heard Rachel and others talk about. From what I understand, the practice sums up to this: every morning write a list of the top 10 things you envision your “best self” having/doing in 10 years. A typical list will contain specifics such as, “working out 3 times a week,” or “living in our dream house,” and “making 6 figures from my business.” The idea here is to think, or write I guess, these things into existence; and after talking with my wife about it, I decided to partake (she’s already been doing it for the past year and has surprisingly seen some of her items already come to fruition).

I’m not going to share with you my entire “Best Self” list, but I do want to share with you the first item on it: “I am a prayer warrior.” This is the first item on my wife’s list as well.

Believers are called to pray often. It’s a direct line of communication with the Almighty. Scripture reminds us of these truths:

“…if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14

“…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12

…there are numerous other verses related to the importance of prayer as well.

But here’s the thing: on average, we don’t pray as much as we need to, or should. We are doing ourselves an extreme disservice by not tapping into the power of prayer, and I myself am going to do something about that. Hence why it is the first item on my list.

My prayer life has improved drastically since starting my daily “best self” practice, and my overall well being has enhanced as well. Random coincidence? Naaaaa.

It seems that writing down, “I am a prayer warrior” in my journal every morning, in fact, makes me more of a prayer warrior! And since I’ve become more of a prayer warrior, my faith has been taken to new heights. I am more focused on God. I am more patient. I am more joyful. I am more hopeful. I am more at peace in my mind. I am more positive.

But here’s the best thing that’s happened since starting this practice: my wife and I have spent time praying together every morning. After coffee, after journaling, and after spending some time in our current books, we sit on the couch and pray together. This has been a super special time for us; the vulnerability, honesty, and dependence on God that accompanies the prayer is beyond healthy for our marriage and faith.

My hope is for you to enhance your prayer life, or if you aren’t a believer, to actually start praying. Become a prayer warrior. God is faithful. We find Him when we seek Him. If you need guidance, help, encouragement, please feel free to drop a comment or send an email.

Much love to you all.

Nick

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