Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Word for 2015: PRAY!

I've chosen a word for the year ever since 2009. Those words have included persevere, refresh, peace, joy, survive (hectic year), and grace. When I choose a word for a year, it is a hope and prayer for the year ahead. I don't believe there is any special power in a word for the year. It is just a reminder to myself - an intentional focus point.

As I started thinking about 2015 and where I am in life right now as a Christian wife, mother, and citizen of the world only one thing came to mind: PRAY! I tried to come up with a word to describe how we are to pray instead - steadfast, persevering, continually - but decided it is simplest to just leave it at PRAY.

For years I've been hoping for more love, joy, peace, grace, and to know God better. The best way to achieve any of those is through prayer. I need the reminder to PRAY.

  • I long for my children to draw closer to God. PRAY!
  • I fear for my husband's safety as he commutes to work each day. PRAY!
  • Life is full of difficult decisions. PRAY!
  • I need wisdom to know when to hold my tongue, when to speak, and what to say. PRAY!
  • Projects and needs often exceed the available finances. PRAY!
  • The demands of my family stretches my emotional and physical reserves. PRAY!
  • Knowing what and whom to prioritize is difficult.  PRAY!
Some of my favorite verses call me to prayer, as well.

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." 
                   Jeremiah 33:3

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." 
                    Philippians 4:6

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
                    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind ... But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere."
                  James 1:5-6 and James 3:17

Do you have a word for 2015? Do you also need to focus on prayer?

April E.


  1. Prayer is so very, very vital. May your year be filled with loads and loads of prayer and answers to prayer... :) I know I plan to act on prayer - traditional and personal - in the coming year.

  2. Prayer was my word as well.. and you hit how I feel about it. I tend to only focus on prayer when things aren't going right.. I need to work on focusing on prayer when things are going well instead :)

  3. I love your post. Thank you for the encouragement.

  4. I absolutely need to focus on prayer, too, without ceasing.

  5. Such a great Word for the the year! I chose "love" for my focus this year, but prayer is something I need to focus on as well. I feel like I've been drifting in that area.


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