Steadfast In Prayer

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2

I suppose there are a lot of fancy things you can say to a young man and woman who are about to get married.

It was near the end of our pre-marital counseling sessions and we were pretty sure we were ready to take on the world. I mean, we had Jesus, each other, and the cutest matching placemats and plastic napkin ring holders (sporting true 90’s fashion) that you ever did see. Heh. I’m sure we should have felt the weight of this monumental undertaking more than we did, but we were young, naive, and mostly too busy gleefully skipping our way to the altar hand-in-hand to notice that we were slightly distracted by the fanfare of it all.

As part of our final preparation before the big day, our pastor assigned us with the task of interviewing a seasoned married couple in our church. Our counseling session ended with these final words describing the couple:

“Hey, someone sneezes in that house and you’d better believe that they’re talkin’ to Jesus about it.”

Uh, okay. I get what you’re saying, but that might be a little extreme, don’t you think? Now back to aisle runners, pew flowers, and the final hors d’oeuvre selection if you don’t mind…

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As women, we often spend different seasons in our lives longing to be described in a certain way.

Strong.

Smart.

Athletic.

Happy.

Independent.

Married.

Respected.

Skinny.

Mother.

Leader.

Fulfilled.

{You fill in the blank…}

But when was the last time that we pursued the title of “Steadfast”?

There’s nothing sexy about the word. It probably won’t make you stand out at a party, and it certainly won’t land you on the cover of any popular magazine. But step off of the treadmill of life for just a second and let that word sink in:

Steadfast: “Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.”

I want to be a woman who is steadfast in life; a woman who is steadfast in prayer.

Steadfast looks like prayers of thanksgiving in moments of joy, and prayers of thanksgiving in seasons of sorrow.

“… loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, solid, trusty…”

Steadfast looks like prayers of adoration in times of abundance, and prayers of adoration in times of great need.

“… firm, determined, resolute, relentless…” 

Steadfast looks like prayers of confidence where there is peace, and prayers of confidence in extreme political unrest.

“…unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unswerving, unyielding, unflinching, uncompromising…”

Steadfast looks like stopping to talk to Jesus about everything from the smallest sneeze to the greatest battle of our very lives.

A synonym for steadfast is the word staunch, which “suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence to influences that would weaken it.” So what negative influences have weakened our prayers? What lies have we chosen to believe that have watered down our petitioning? When did we become so easily jaded by the world that we stopped believing? Stopped approaching? Stopped adoring? Stopped thanking?

Maybe the best marital advice I’ve ever received? Be steadfast in prayer.

Have you strayed from those days?

Me too.

Let’s recommit to unwavering, relentless, unflinching, uncompromising, steadfast prayer on behalf of ourselves, our families, our schools, our churches, our communities, our governments, and our world.

I’ve spent seasons of my life longing to be described in a certain way so that I might live a life of ease or gain favor with the world. I’ve given up too easily. I’ve surrendered before the fight was over.

Let’s take a stand together and say no more.

Don’t stop. We can’t stop.

Jesus, we surrender our vain pursuits at the foot of the cross. More than all of these things, may we be described as women who are steadfast in faith; women who are steadfast in prayer.

At His feet,

*Let’s talk: What negative influences have weakened YOUR prayers? What lies have you chosen to believe that have watered down your petitioning? Recommit today to becoming a woman who is steadfast in prayer in the comments below…

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