I’ll be the first to admit that when I wake up in the morning, I am not always in a good place for interaction. I intentionally wake up early in order to have some coffee and spend some time in the quiet of the morning. I value that quiet as it is the time that I come into agreement with Peace and seek a word for the day. It is important to me for all the right reasons, although my protection of that time can sometimes kind of miss the point when I am “edgy” at best.
This morning, I woke up tired. It is the end of the week and I have been giving out, working hard and on the go. Nothing bad or out-of-order, just life. In the course of running, I leaked the Life that was within me and was in need of filling. I set the alarm early with that in mind.
As my feet hit the floor, my wife began to pray out loud. She prayed something like this, “Father, thank you Scott and thank you for today. Thank you for the things that you have set before us today and thank you, Jesus, that you go ahead of us and make a way for us. Help us to only walk in your way. Fill Scott up with refreshment and give him energy to walk in your power. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Now, if I’m being completely honest, my first reaction to hearing her start to pray was less than receiving. I was heading for the coffee pot and didn’t want to focus just yet on listening to, participating in or even receiving prayer. How ridiculous is that for a first reaction?
But Julie’s prayer really caught me. The words themselves but as much or more it was the heart behind the prayer. Her first words spoken in the day were of Him and to Him. She was thankful as a default position. She was dependent as an initial posture. She was mindful and caring for me before she cared for herself.
What an incredible gift I have been given in her. To have been blessed with that kind of intercession, example, partner and friend is beyond my understanding.
Father, I pray blessings on Julie’s day. I pray that you breathe life into her and through her. I pray that you show yourself to her in a new, real and powerful way today as I know that is what she seeks above all else. I thank you for Julie as the gift that she is. I pray a hedge of protection around her today as she goes about the business of the day. In Jesus name, Amen.