“I asked the LORD to give me this boy, and He has granted my request.” 1 Samuel 1:27 (NLT)

Imagine with me… What if you were to pray 1 hour a day? Wow, I guarantee your world would look a lot different. Sure, you may not get as much done, but remember what Jesus said to Martha regarding Mary sitting at His feet, “She has chosen the best thing” (Luke 10:42). Prayer is all about birthing God’s purposes here on earth, and this takes time and energy.

Prayer is often referred to as travailing. It requires effort, sacrifice and pain! Prayer is a partnership, releasing God’s will on earth! Hannah prayed and birthed a prophetic movement through Samuel. Rebecca prayed and birthed two nations. Though as far as I know, there is no record of Sarah praying, undoubtedly, she did, and she birthed Issac! Likewise, Elizabeth birthed John the Baptist, a forerunner. And Mary, well, she birthed our Savior.

Jude tells us to pray in the Spirit (1:20). Paul tells us not just to pray in the Spirit, but also all the time for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18). He also said to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). That’s a lot of praying! Birthing prayer requires the Holy Spirit and much time.

Travailing prayer is about birthing God’s purposes, which are always much bigger than we can imagine. Our prayers are seeds, that bring forth so much more than we realize. That is why we are told that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Our praying releases heaven’s realities and purposes on earth. Understand this, a woman with child carries that person’s full destiny in her womb. We are never pregnant with merely what we think we are pregnant with! Our praying carries more than we can ask or imagine!

Btw, did you catch how I have referred to birthing and travailing prayer in the same breath? This kind of prayer is not a “one-night stand!” It requires diligence, endurance, stamina, and surrender. There is a cost to birthing prayer, and it will not happen accidently. Therefore, chose to be one who intentionally births God’s purposes, plans, ways and will in your world through your praying!

Ask the Lord to grant you the grace to pray, tarry as Jesus invited His disciples, (Matthew 26:40-41) for one hour a day. Perhaps that’s too big of a jump, so ask Him to start right where you’re at and increase to at least one hour a day. Ask Him to show you where you can cut the lesser important things from your life to fit Him in. Ask Him to teach you how to pray in the Spirit, at all times. Ask Him to grow you as a person of prayer, who births His purposes for your generation! Ask Him to stir a birthing prayer movement in Athens!