We have the privilege and pleasure to have Johanne Roberston, who is editor and co-publisher at Maranatha News, allow us to reprint her post.
An invitation to Journey with Johanne
For the past several months, God has been calling me to something new. And I want to share it with you.
He’s been calling me to pray.
Of course—he’s been calling me to pray my entire life—but more recently, I’ve been aware of God calling me to pray for specific people, people He has laid on my heart who were struggling.
I’ve found it easiest to write out my prayers.
As an encouragement, I’ve sent those written prayers to the people I was praying for, along with hymns and songs of praise. Some of those people have told me that God has been using those prayers to bring about change in their hearts and in their circumstances. That’s been humbling to learn.
It is impossible that I could pray for people
and not be affected myself.
I’m feeling an incredible sense of gratitude to the Lord for this place called intercession, in which God has called me to serve others. It’s a different place, a place of quietness, surrender and humility, but also of gut-wrenching fear at times. It’s a place of truth, faith and healing, and of a refreshing boldness in God that calls me, beckoning me to come deeper.
I feel different. I feel as though
God is calling me differently.
I don’t know what that means, but I know it’s not about friendships, family, fame, crafty words or songs with nice lyrics. It’s about a loving God who is calling us, all of us, to total surrender as he rearranges our lives.
I feel an incredible presence of the Holy Spirit
as I wake up in the mornings.
I know my prayer life in the past—outside of praying for people he’s directed me to—has been minimal. I know it, and I’m sensing that perhaps it’s just time for me to get serious with God’s calling on my life; not just to believe God for others, but to believe Him for myself, to believe that God truly loves me.
Yeah, perhaps it’s time to give it all to Jesus.
So I prayed a new prayer:
“Here I am Lord, surrendering to your will: surrendering my life, my friends, my thoughts, my heart, my business, my family, my finances, the deep places I don’t talk about, the things I don’t understand, the things I barely do, surrendering my victories and my defeats, everything that’s wonderful about me and everything that’s not.
I surrender all the people and things that have devastated and shattered me in the past, and offer forgiveness in every situation of hurt as I seek your face this day. Cleanse me lord, purify my thoughts.
Take hold of me and change me from within. Let your will become mine. Help me today be who you’ve called me to be. Even today. In Jesus name. Amen.”
I share these intimate thoughts with you, friends and readers, because I believe that surrender is ultimately what God calls us all to. I’m excited to see what He has in store. Throughout 2013, I’ll post up-dates, as I feel led. I invite you to join me in the journey.
Thank you so much Johanne for showing us how prayer can change a life.
Johanne is a writer, speaker. She is co-founder and co-publisher of Maranatha News, (www.maranathanews.com) a Canadian Christian Online News Source celebrating 16 years of serving the Christian community, and co-founder of Read for Life, a ministry encouraging Canadians to read life-changing books.