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Starting the Year Off Right – Prayer Walk

Prayer essential for ministry
Prayer essential for ministry

I believe it’s important to start the year off well. Prayer is one of most productive initiatives we can engage in. Yet it’s also one of the hardest.
This year has started a little slow, since I’ve been a little under the weather. Last night things began to turn around as I went on a prayer walk with some friends in west Chula Vista. As we  walked and prayed it struck me how when we pray it can seem insignificant. It even might feel like a waste of time, and yet it’s one of the most important things we do.
One constant I’ve seen is that God works through prayer. Prayer is somewhat of a mystery, but the Lord hears the cries of his people. Jesus modeled a life of prayer. Paul continually prayed for the churches he started. James encourages us in prayer with a great promise.

“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”
–James 5 16b-18 (ESV)

God uses our prayers!
God uses our prayers!

I confess that I have a long ways to go in prayer. I look to the Lord to lead and guide this year. I pray that my wife and I will grow together in prayer, and that our relationship with our Lord will deepen. Bring others along that we can encourage, and that we will spur them on as we inspire each other to pray. To keep doing the right things.
Do not grow weary in doing good. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9) I cling to this exhortation and promise as we begin 2013!
If I can inspire you this year in any way – grow in prayer. Grow in your love and knowledge of our Lord. Pray for and with us, that we will grow in the same way!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By lorischulz
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Diaso Family, I nominated you for the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award! God bless, Lori

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you – I appreciate the kind words and your encouragement

  • By Shelly
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more about the power of prayer. I know you and your ministry will be blessed by the prayer walk. I am part of a church plant that has its kick off service Jan. 13 and we are holding a 24 hr. prayer vigil prior to the grand opening. We know prayer is powerful and want to make sure we stay focused on the Lord and what He wants for our ministry. Blessings to you and your ministry in 2013.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      A pryer vigil sounds like a good idea. Wow, that’s exciting you are launching in about a week. I pray it goes well for you.

  • By Debbie
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Thanks for encouraging us in our prayer lives. You have such a gentle honest way of ministering to us. God bless you as you continue to grow in prayer and see God working in it!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you – I know I need to be encouraged to grow in prayer myself

  • By Naphtali
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:32 am
    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks – that’s pretty amazing. I’m not sure I deserve 3 awards, but I definitely appreciate your vote of confidence, and your wonderful encouragement! Many blessing

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      I looked at your blog for clues on what to do with these awards. Do I follow your lead? I don’t always know how to proceed when I get nominated in this way, although I do appreciate it.

      • By Naphtali
        Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        Sure. I combined the 3 because it is easier. For these one of the 3 asked for the recipient to write 7 interesting things. Just random things most people won’t know. Copy and paste the 3 award pics from my page to yours so people can see them. Nominate the blogs you want; add the blog address and notify them. Most blogs links can be copied from your reader. Once you have the links posted on the page preview, you can notify each one from the link. At least I found it to be the easiest way. Are you completely confused now! LOL!

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