This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (see 1 John 1:5).
The women of C3 NYC have a strong culture of prayer. A faith that prayer works. We have a conviction that first, we pray! We pray before we worry, pray before we act, pray before we make big decisions or have tough conversations. We pray.
We know faith-filled confident prayer stirs our Father's heart and His hand to action.
I’m calling us, the women of C3 NYC, to pray in unity over the next 21 days leading into Daughters Conference "Made New." I know that we are preparing a place for many women to walk into freedom and truth in Christ. Our prayers do not land on deaf ears, girls. Our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16).
Lately, every time I go to pray, the Holy Spirit has been bringing one scripture to mind, Matthew 7:9-11:
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
You see every time I pray lately, I battle a tiny voice that speaks variations of: "God won’t hear, how could God answer that, He’s busy, He’s waiting for you to change first, that’s a stupid prayer." I’ve learnt that the more I hear the condemning voice the more quickly I need to attune my ear to the Word of God—and kick this gross, condemning, fearful thought to the curb, and pray all the more faith-filled, declarative prayer. When I choose that Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:9-11 are truth and the condemning voice is a lie, my faith grows, and I begin to speak life, truth and freedom over the women of our city.
There are women whose eternal destinies are birthed in your prayers. Women whose life trajectory will change because of your prayers. Prayer is the most mysterious, powerful weapon that exists in our lives, a weapon available to all of us. Prayer can connect two women who don’t even know each other as one lifts the other up before the Father in faith-filled prayer.
Faith-filled prayer is not categorized by its volume level or time of day or whether it’s written in a prayer journal or spoken aloud. It’s not categorized or determined by whether it's spoken in tongues or English, alone or with others. Whether our prayer is faith-filled or fear-filled is determined by our heart-perspective of who the Father is, and it is strengthened and guided by the Word of God. Over the next 21 days, we are going to be unifying in prayer based on the word of God—thousands of women reading one daily scripture, praying one daily prayer. Let’s dig wells of refreshment for the women of our city, let’s prepare a place for them just as our Father has prepared a place for us, let’s speak the words they cannot yet speak, let’s stand in the gap and petition and praise on their behalf, and in so doing, let’s see a spiritual revival in the women of our church and our city as we are all Made New in Christ!