I’m from the South, and not only am I from the South, I’m a woman from the South. If there’s one thing Southern women don’t play about (besides fried chicken) it’s prayer. Southern women pray hard.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “if it wasn’t for my praying mother/grandmother?” It is a saying that basically means I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for my mothers’ or grandmothers’ prayers. I can’t express to you how true that saying is.
Alabama is a part of the Bible Belt so as youngin’s we were brought up in the church. We attended Sunday School, regular morning service, and sometimes even a second service if we had one.
In the South church on Sunday’s could turn into an all day event. I can remember getting to church at 8 o’clock some Sunday mornings, and not leaving until well after 6:oo p.m. We would run home to eat at around 1:oo, and be ready for the second service by 3:oo.
But, as time went on I grew tired of the same ol thing. As a child you pray because you know that’s what you’re supposed to do. You go sit in church all day, because you really have no other choice. And by the time you’re actually able to drive yourself to church you begin to find excuses as to why you shouldn’t go. Well, at least that was the case for me.
You see down here in the South we’re hounded with this idea of what a ‘Christian’ should be. Christians shouldn’t curse, they shouldn’t have sex, they can’t wear clothing that stops above the knees or shows the slightest bit cleavage, and they shouldn’t talk about other people. You have to get on your knees to pray, you must start every prayer off with ‘Father God’, and you have to repeat it in a monotone voice at least 50 times in your prayer.
By the time I got to college, I rebelled against the church. I had not stepped foot in a church in only God knows how long. But, what I realized that other ‘Christians’ around me didn’t was that, the church won’t save you.
The church is just a physical building filled with sinners just like me. I found the church house to be filled with more judgmental people than a court room. The true church is found inside of you, and everyone’s relationship with God is different. Surround yourself with like minded people and the rest will take care of itself.
My relationship with God is more so of a casual one. (Don’t get me wrong, I come to him with respect, but it’s not the mundane, repetitive prayers that you hear all the time.) My time with God is a time where I can be completely open and honest about any and everything, and that’s exactly how it should be.
God doesn’t want us to follow what everyone else is doing, because we think that’s what we are supposed to do. He wants us to come to him as we are. Cast all your troubles and cares to him and he’ll take care of the rest. Once you confess to him he will intercede on your behalf.
Just recently, a friend of mine rented the movie War Room for me. This movie was unlike anything I’d ever seen in my life. It honestly changed my entire prayer life. It caused me to begin to pray like I’ve never prayed before.
I opened one of my old notebooks, ripped all the used pages out, and began writing out prayers. I made a list of who I wanted to pray for, and what I wanted to pray about for them. As I sat down and had one on one time with God, he began to change my life. Not only did he begin to change my life, he started to change the lives of those around me.
I’m telling you that prayer still works. It pays to have a strong prayer life. Praise God in private, and watch him reward you publicly. Spend some time with God today.
Until next time..
stay classy stay true,