Press to Pray

I think about the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8: 43-48.  She bled constantly for 12 years and could find no cure.  But when she pressed through the crowd and touched the hem of Jesus’ robe, she was instantly healed.  The same is true for us when we press to meet Jesus in prayer.

Prayer is a press, but it’s necessary.  It’s my lifeline. I continue to be amazed at what God does as a result of prayer.  I can’t allow life and the crowd to keep me away from praying.  I must press.

Read my thoughts below and reflect on the following questions:  “Have you been pressing to touch Jesus?  Have you made prayer a priority?  Are you desperate enough to press to prayer?  I also encourage you to visit my youtube channel to view my series on how to pray.

 

PRESS TO PRAY

I show up to pray

And you are already there

You were there waiting for me

I am in awe that when I press to get into your presence

You meet me

And you tell me like you told her

Your faith has made you well

But to touch you, to see you

I have to press through the crowd

The crowd of my circumstances

The crowd of my own thoughts

The crowd of my pain

The crowd of the internet

Crowds can distract and discourage me and make me believe that the press is not worth it

But I see my need for healing on so many levels

I see that I will always NEED you

I can spend my resources on things that guarantee that they will fix me

 But these temporal things can’t stop the steady flow of my issues

The pain doesn’t go away

But when I press

I touch you

And in an instant I am healed

I feel the weight lift in your presence

I see my faith affirmed in your presence

I see curses broken in your presence

I see miracles performed in your presence

I see me being transformed in your presence

So while the crowd will always be there

I will continue to press to meet and touch you

I WILL PRESS TO PRAY

 

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Anika Jones

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Anika Jones

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!

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D Robinson

There is a blessing in the pressing.

    Anika Jones

    There sure is!

Jaime Ripka

Well said. Definitely a thought provoker.

    Anika Jones

    Amen!

Tyiasha

Thanks for sharing this, but my question is how do you get in a place that you really have a burden to pray for others. I am faithful to ministry and corporate pray. I just don’t find myself with a deep down groan in my belly to see sole saved. Any advise will help.

    Anika Jones

    Thank you for your comment Tyiasha. The fact that you are even asking the question shows that the desire is there. Please check out this video. I think it will address your question. Hope it helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jrhTaTatF8&t=138s

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