Prayer Is The Ultimate Ice Breaker
In a previous post I mentioned a life changing leadership conference I attended. I am still processing all that I learned. I took note of what the speaker used as an icebreaker on the second day…PRAYER. He told us to find someone in the room that we did not know and pray for his/her need. I quickly found a sweet young lady. We exchanged names and she asked me with a smile, “How can I pray for you?” HOW. CAN. I. PRAY. FOR. YOU? And before I could filter my thoughts and give her a general and “safe” prayer request, I found myself opening up and spilling some very personal information about myself. Information that I would have preferred not to lead a conversation with, especially to a total stranger. But that was the point she wasn’t a stranger she was my sister in the Lord. There was a great sense of comfort as I shared. She listened with a smile, and then it was her turn. She gave her prayer request and then we took turns and prayed for each other. Then just like that the ice was broken for me. Whatever walls or inhibitions that were up came down. My heart was prepped through prayer. This prayer set the stage for me for the rest of the conference, it was the icebreaker.
That simple demonstration greatly impacted me. Allow me to explain. The speaker mentioned how we have complicated a simple thing. We go to extravagant lengths to do “church.” But what if, what if we returned to one of the traditions mentioned in bible…PRAYER! Prayer doesn’t require any special fund raising, or man made strategies. All it requires is a heart after God and a desire to see His kingdom manifested here on earth as it is in heaven. Prayer breaks every ice because it brings us directly before the throne of God. As we seek His face in genuine prayer He sends the fire. The fire that revives, purges, and makes new. I have fallen in love with prayer all over again because I have fallen in love with Jesus AGAIN. I am seeing Him in a totally different light. SIMPLY beautiful. SIMPLY. Prayer from a pure heart is one of the most beautiful things to listen to. I love to hear passionate people pray. I feel like I am getting the inside scoop between two friends. Real prayer that breaks the ice is not about proper grammar, volume, or even length . Real prayer is birth from a humble(repentant) and hungry heart. PERIOD.
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!