When Charlotte Awake asked me to serve in women’s ministry, I was thrilled. Selfishly, I knew I was being given the opportunity to learn about God through Scripture and ministry. As soon as I walked in Charlotte Awake’s office, I knew the Lord had brought me somewhere special.
Charlotte Awake has an unwavering commitment to prayer that I have not witnessed anywhere else. Not just passive, sweet, respectful prayers, but impassioned, pleading, sometimes tear-filled prayers that storm Heaven’s gates. I have never heard such prayer. I knew the Lord was going to teach me much at Charlotte Awake, but I didn’t really expect Him to teach me how to pray–really pray.
Not just passive, sweet, respectful prayers, but impassioned, pleading, sometimes tear-filled prayers that storm Heaven’s gates.
I’m not a morning person, so the first early Tuesday morning prayer meeting was not exactly easy. Don’t misunderstand me, I was excited as excited as a non-morning person could be, but as soon as heads were bowed and eyes were closed, I was wide awake. I was amazed to hear these men and women of God pray so boldly.
Nothing was prepared and nothing planned. I realized I wasn’t hearing your typical “Sunday morning” prayer. I was hearing their most intimate, pleading conversations with the Creator of their souls. What a gift! I have never heard anyone at Charlotte Awake pray in any way other than with this humility, passion, and faith that God would stand by His promises.
Learning how to pray like this affected by spiritual walk beyond what I expected. After more than a year asking God for His plan for my life, I now feel a strong calling into ministry. I believe that my growing prayer life has given me the ability to discern His voice clearly. I know I cannot respond in any way other than obedience.
I am currently apply to seminaries for a degree in Christian Counseling. I feel much closer to the heart of my God now that I have learned from these incredible men and women how to boldly and confidently pray. I am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to learn from their examples.
Prayer isn’t a burden, a checklist item, a lucky charm, a prerequisite to dinner, or a way to transition the worship team off stage. Prayer is our open communication with the Creator, Guardian, and Lover of our souls, and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to learn from my Charlotte Awake family. “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)