Prayer is…

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Prayer is a retreat.

The word “retreat” is a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup.

A time to take a step back.

Flee the battlefield to regroup, reassess, restrategize and recover.

“May God look you full in the face and make you prosper”.

Numbers 6:26 MSG

The word for “prosper” here in the original Hebrew is “shalom” and often translated as peace.  Shalom is the peace that comes after the conflict and the quietness that comes after the chaos.

At its core, “Shalom” means the type of wholeness that comes after being broken.

Fighting a battle when you’re exhausted, wounded and discouraged never works.

Are you exhausted, wounded, or discouraged? 

Then it is time to pray.

To take a step back, find a quiet place with God so He can repair what is broken, remind you of His purpose and arm you with His vision.

Jesus has given you full access to God’s presence.

Enter in and rest.

He is waiting for you.

My prayer is that you would get off the battlefield for a while and allow God to love you to wholeness. 

Stay there as long as you need to.

Retreat to Advance

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The word “retreat” is a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup.

Prayer is often a retreat.

A time to take a step back.

Flee the battlefield.

Regroup, reassess, restrategize and recover.

“May God look you full in the face and make you prosper”.

Numbers 6:26 MSG

The word for “prosper” in the original Hebrew is “shalom” and often translated as peace. It is a peace that comes after the conflict, it is a quietness after the chaos and at its core, it means the type of wholeness that comes after being broken.

Fighting the battle when you’re exhausted, wounded and discouraged never works.

Are you exhausted, wounded, or discouraged? 

Then it is time to retreat. 

To take a step back, find a quiet place with God so He can repair what is broken, remind you of His purpose and arm you with His vision to fight the battle before you.

My prayer for you today is that you would get off the battlefield and allow God to look you full in the face and love you until you feel whole. 

Jesus has given you full access to God’s presence.

Enter in and rest.

He is waiting for you.

 

What is the Point?

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The point is to advance.

The word retreat is first and foremost a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup.

In life it is better to lose the battle to win the war. In fact, fighting the battle when your exhausted, wounded and discouraged never works.

I didn’t necessarily feel like I was any of the above, but I used the opportunity to ask myself (well, ask God) the hard questions: How was I really doing?

The point of retreat is to advance. To grow, to gain territory, authority and move forward in your life with God.

“May God look you full in the face and make you prosper”. (Numbers 6:26 MSG)

The word for prosper in the original Hebrew is “shalom” and often translated as peace:

It means:
1) completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
a) completeness (in number)
b) safety, soundness (in body)
c) welfare, health, prosperity
d) peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
e) peace, friendship
1) of human relationships
2) with God especially in covenant relationship
f) peace (from war)
g) peace (as adjective)

When God looks you full in the face be prepared to be challenged. What will He challenge? God will challenge any area in your life where sin has grown like a wild weed that is chocking out the life out of your life.

I have come to treasure the gift of repentance.

There is no freedom without repentance. There is no freedom like the one that comes from recognizing your sin and being able to lay it down before God. There is no greater sense of peace than the one that comes the moment after receiving God’s forgiveness. There is no greater sense of purpose than accepting God’s power to make a 180 degree turn and change.

This doesn’t just happen once. It isn’t reserved only for “the first time” you recognize you are a sinner in need of salvation but is a privileged right of every child of God, no matter how long (or how little) you have walked with God. It is the ONE thing that keeps your relationship with God thriving and alive.

Get before God and ask Him to “look you full in the face”.

Every day.
Once a week.
Once a month.
Once a year.
Whatever it takes.

The more the better. One of the reasons I need to go away by myself is that I need the time and space to squirm, to be real before God, to mourn my own weaknesses, own my mistakes and get neglected areas of my heart right with God. I can’t do this with my family around- my husband would keep trying to “fix” me and my kids would be worried.

The point of retreat is to advance.

And that takes courage because after repentance comes life change.
God gives you the power but you have to apply it to your life.

Be brave.

I want God’s prosperity in my life. In my mind, my heart, my health, my relationships and my ministry. But that means some things must change. I love the quote that says “if you don’t like where you are at, change it. You are not a tree”.

No, you are not a tree, you are a child of God.

The point of retreat is to advance.
The point is to be brave and following through on the things God told you to change.

The point is to prosper.

When was the last time you asked God to look you “full in the face”?

What things to need to be brave about?

When was the last time you found freedom through repentance?