What’s your prayer life look like? Is it picture perfect and strong enough to rival that of the apostles like Paul and John? Mine isn’t.
I am joined today by Candid gal, Jaime Hampton who is an author and the co-founder of the Prevailing Prayer podcast. Prevailing prayer is not just discussions about prayer, but it provides opportunities to pray, prayer prompts, and challenges to help you deepen your prayer life.
You would think that as the co-founder of a podcast about prayer, Jaime would have the whole prayer thing mastered, but she is sharing that she does still struggle. She says one of the reasons her and her co-founder, Alana Terry created the podcast was because they both struggled in this area and they figured they weren’t alone. They wanted to provide a resource that would help others to deepen their prayer life and share some of their struggles.
I asked Jaime to share some of her own prayer struggles, and here’s what she said:
My biggest struggle is that I tend to be a Martha, a do-er. I take action and think I need to get something done. Sometimes people will talk about needing an extended prayer time about something, and I find myself bristling. I’m getting better as I’m seeing God working more, but if I’m really honest the first thought that comes to my mind is, “But shouldn’t we be doing something or giving advice or practical tips?” But I’m just really learning – God is teaching me – that that is not the right attitude. These extended prayer times are not a waste of time, but we are really unleashing power in the spiritual realm. We’re tapping into God’s power and somehow being part of His will being done here on earth.
That’s my biggest struggle and I really feel like it stems from a lack of faith that my prayer is going to accomplish something. I am praying for more faith in that area and that God would help me see that there are things going on even when I’m not seeing results to those prayers. Preparing for the Prevailing Prayer Podcast has really helped me, as Alana and I have been preparing for these episodes, it’s really helped me along in my prayer life.
Praying for the unsaved is something I had kind of let go because I was frustrated not seeing answers immediately. Through an episode we have recorded, I have recommitted myself to praying for the unsaved people. And to commit to doing it for a long term, and not just praying only if I see results happening.
An Encouraging Verse
The last question I asked Jaime was to share a verse about prayer. Here’s what she shared:
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” When I read that, I don’t see it as dark and gloomy about spiritual battles and evil forces, but what I see is that there is a spiritual reality beyond what we can see that is more real than anything we can see around us. It’s an encouragement for me, that our prayers change the fabric of reality. God is doing something and it’s real and it’s tangible. Just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. For me, that’s an encouragement to persist in prayer; to move forward and live like I believe what I say I believe.
What About You?
I am so thankful Jaime was willing to join me for this month’s candid conversation, but I’d love to hear from you as well. Can you relate to Jaime’s prayer struggles or do you have any of your own? We’d love to connect with you in the comments below.
Jaime Hampton lives in Southcentral Alaska with her husband and three children. She has been involved with ministry to children and youth for over twenty years. Jaime writes Christian nonfiction, and has a passion for studying the Bible. She also enjoys camping with her family, roasting (and drinking!) coffee, and the crazy life that comes with being a hockey mom. Learn more by visiting her website www.jaimehampton.com.