Today’s Truth

So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength (Judges 5:31 NIV).

Friend to Friend

“How’s your prayer life?” she asked me. My heart immediately sank in recognition that my dear friend’s question came because she knew me. She knew that if I was fighting discouragement, then I was most likely struggling to pray like I needed to, even like I wanted to. My prayer life at that moment certainly couldn’t be described as vibrant. In fact, it couldn’t even be described as consistent.

I’m guessing that you’ve been there. Whether you failed to carve out your daily quiet time or your schedule has been left without margin, life happened and when discouragement knocked on your door, you flung it wide open. I can understand how easily this happens, but you are not alone. We aren’t the first women in history to work at cultivating a close relationship with the Lord in prayer!

In the Bible, specifically Judges 4 and 5, we read the story of Deborah. She’s a wife, mom, judge, prophetess and leader of Israel. Talk about a multi-tasker! If anyone has an excuse for not having enough time to spend with the Lord, it’s Deborah. But she has a different perspective; Deborah believes that spending time with God is a priority, especially amid adversity.

The children of Israel had been harshly oppressed for twenty years when Deborah arose to power. Deborah told Barak, the captain of the guard, that God had called him to enter into battle. “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulon and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands’” (Judges 4:6 NIV).

But Barak’s faith didn’t match Deborah’s and he replied, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go” (Judges 4:8 NIV).

Deborah had no doubts about what God had spoken to her heart and she fully agreed to go into battle. As a result, God delivered the children of Israel from their oppression through Barak and Deborah. Chapter 5 is their song of prayer, praise, and victory.

Deborah’s introduction and backstory provides a beautiful example of prayer providing confidence. When the crisis peaked, Deborah was prepared because she knew the Lord. She had a history of listening to His voice and recognizing His leading and guidance. This practice enabled her to be calm in the chaos and peaceful through protest. Unrest was not puzzling to her because her peace came from within, not without.

What was the key to Deborah’s confidence? How did she learn to trust the Lord so deeply and securely?

The very last verse of Deborah’s song reveals her prayer secret. Don’t miss it in today’s truth, Judges 5:31, “So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.”

Did you catch that? “May all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” When you think of the sun, what do you automatically think of? Yes, it’s beautiful. Yes, it’s powerful. But the one attribute of the sun that stands out more than anything is its consistency.

Deborah whispers to our hearts, Do what the sun does each day. Faithfully, day in and day out, the sun does the job God gave it to do, consistently, predictably, without varying. Yes, THIS is the secret to cultivating a strong prayer walk. Simply spend time persistent in prayer. When crisis comes, you will be prepared.

To my friend who asked, “How’s your prayer life?” Thank you. Thank you for reminding all of us that it takes sweet conversation with the Lord, both talking and listening, to secure the confidence we need in times of crisis.

Let’s Pray

Our Father, sometimes the cares of the day seem to multiply, while the blessings fade so quickly. Our bodies grow tired and our minds even more tired. Jesus, help us. Give us the strength You’ve promised in Your Word. Give us the power to take the next step. Give us Your grace. For we know in our weakness, Your strength is revealed. May we receive it today.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn 

What struggles or solutions have you found to cultivate a meaningful, consistent prayer life? Share them in the comments!

More from the Girlfriends

If you could use a beautiful reminder that will meet you in discouragement and remind you to pray, then you’ll love Rachel’s Beautiful 31 Days of Prayers for the Heart prayer cards. Easily place your favorite on display or transition through the set using one each day for a month. All cards securely rest in the display stand.

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5 Responses to “Deborah’s Prayer Secret”

  1. Carol says:

    Amen, for this am devotional.
    This very topic is what I struggle with, as a multi-tasker.
    I’ve learned to stop during my day, to say prayers silently, and aloud through the day just to stay in touch with the Lord.
    My next step is to use the daily GIG Bible reference as my open Bible tool. It will become a reminder as I pass by the end table, it will be a built-in habit to stop and re-read, then say a prayer for someone or a situation.
    I’m tired of the insecurity of doubt. I want to be like Deborah; rock sure of knowing God’s voice and direction.
    Thank you for your prayer, I’m going to repeat it today…

    • Avatar photo Rachel Wojo says:

      Bless you, Carol! Amen-I strive for an ongoing prayer conversation, definitely the best way! 🙂 I love your idea of using your open Bible as a tangible prayer reminder tool. That is one of the very reasons I created the 31 Days of Prayers for the Heart Prayer Cards. The prayer for strength at the end of the devo is included in the set. Many blessings to you!

  2. Edith says:

    Bless you Rachel for this devotion today! What an insightful message for women who are usually the multi-taskers! Thank you and may God richly bless you and all the GiGs for all the encouragement you send our way in this Christian journey we are on!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I have been struggling with my relationship. All went well until my bf suddenly switched. He confirmed something is wrong with him but he can’t figure it out yet. I spoke to my friend and he asked about my prayer life. He said my prayer alter was cold that was why I couldn’t sense it ealier. I have had 5 men behave like this in relationships with me that almost led to married but left me due to a sudden change when nothingwent wrong between us. I will not let the devil snatch this from me. My prayer alter will burn and God’s will shall me done. This is a warfare and I pray that every evil hands in my life become uprooted

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