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Join The 7 Day GirlDefined Prayer Challenge

By: Bethany Baird

Over the past few years I’ve seen God at work in my life in incredible ways. I feel like I’ve had a front row seat to witnessing God answer prayers in my life and in the lives of those around me. Looking back I now realize that God has always been at work, I just haven’t been paying close enough attention.

When I began seriously praying and taking all of my cares before the Lord, I finally had eyes to see what He was doing. I began to clearly see Him answer my prayers and I knew He was active in my life.

Here are just a few examples of ways that He has answered me over the past few years.

When God answers with a no…

Several years ago I was in a serious relationship. The relationship was at a point where I needed to make a big decision. I needed to know if this was the man God had for me and I needed to know quick. I didn’t want the relationship to linger on and on if the guy wasn’t the one for me. I did the only thing I knew to do, I prayed like crazy. God quickly made the answer very clear to me and my family. His answer was “no.” As hard as it was, I ended the relationship. Looking back I see how faithful God was during that time. Even though the “no” was hard, it truly was God’s best answer.

When God answers with a yes…

This may seem like a silly example, but it was a huge lesson to me. I was with my younger sister at a coffee shop. Our time finished up and we walked out to the car. I cranked the key and the car wouldn’t start. I cranked and cranked and cranked and cranked. Still nothing. After several minutes of trying, I stopped and said “we should pray and ask God to help the car start.” I put the key back in the slot and took a deep breath. I looked at my sister and then cranked the key. Vroom vroom!! The car started like nothing was ever wrong. I was totally convicted. God was ready to help me all along, I just hadn’t stopped to ask. Good lesson for me and my sister.

When God answers with a not right now…

Since the age of 14(ish) I’ve been praying for my future husband. I’ve been praying that God would give him a passion for God and a desire to serve Him with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength. I’ve been praying that God would do the same in me as well. I’ve also been praying that God would help the two of us “find” each other so that we can get married! God has been faithful in my life. He’s clearly answered with a “not right now.” Despite how much I would love to be married, God has made it clear (because I’m not married) that now isn’t the right time. God is faithful and will bring my future husband in His perfect timing, not my own.

When God does the impossible…

A few months ago Kristen and I decided to pray for the impossible. We prayed that somehow, someway, and someday God would provide a way for us to speak at the True Woman Conference. The two of us practically laughed when we began praying that prayer. It seemed like an impossible request. We had no way of knowing that God was up to something crazy amazing. One day, out of the complete blue, we received an email from Mary Kassian (author, speaker and an amazing woman!!) asking if the two of us would join her in speaking at True Woman 2016. Shock, amazement, and total awe of God was our response. Sometimes God does the impossible

Be a woman whose life is defined by prayer.

I want to challenge you to be a woman who truly and earnestly seeks the Lord in prayer. I want you to be a woman who lives out, 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”

Through prayer we have been given access directly to the God, King ,and Creator of the universe. We have the opportunity to pray to Him at any moment we wish.

I’ve personally been so encouraged, blessed and challenged in my own faith through prayer. When you see God at work through prayer, you can’t help but be changed. And that is why I’m challenging you to become a woman of prayer. I want you to have an intimate and close relationship with your Savior. I want prayer to become something that defines who you are as a person.

The 7 Day GirlDefined Prayer Challenge.

I’m inviting each one of you to join me on a 7 day prayer challenge. From today until next Friday (July 1st), I’m challenging you to spend at least 10 minutes a day in prayer. I want you to take specific time out of your day to make prayer a priority.

If you’re not exactly sure how to pray, here is a great place to start.

A basic outline for how to pray.

1. Praise

Begin with praise. Praise God for who He is and for His incredible love and mercy. Use Scripture to guide you as you praise Him for His many attributes.

2. Confess

Take time to confess your sin to the Lord. Ask the Lord to forgive you for sinning against Him.

3. Read

Spend time in the Word and meditate on God’s Word. His Word is truth and will align your thoughts with His.

4. Ask

This is your opportunity to bring your hearts desires before the Lord. Ask Him to provide for your needs and the needs of others.

5. Thanks

End with a time of thanksgiving. Thank God for all the wonderful things He has done in your life. Thank Him for any answered prayers and thank Him for salvation.

Will you join the challenge?

I want to know who will join me on this 7 day prayer journey. If you will commit to praying every day for the next 7 days, let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to hear who will be my “prayer warriors” for the next week!

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  • I accept your challenge!
    ♥ ♥ ♥ Laura

  • Val

    Challenge accepted!

  • Christian Country Girl

    I accept the challenge!
    🙂 <3 Kayla

  • Katie

    I’m in!!

  • Noemi

    I so want to do this!

  • Olivia Scott

    Love this! I’m in!

  • Hannah G.

    Yes!!

  • Alana Hill

    I’m in too!!

  • Jodie Brewer McDonough

    I’m in!!!

  • Josi Guedes

    Yes!!!!

  • Maria Alejandra Baquero

    I’m in!! ❤️

  • Rebekah Teravskis

    I’m in!

  • Hannah T.

    Challenge accepted!

  • Kristy

    Totally accepting the challenge! Thanks 🙂

  • Sarah Bickerton

    I’m in!

  • Tiana Worthy

    I’m in!

  • Hannah

    “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b) Prayer is so important! I’m totally aiming to do this. Thanks for the challenge.

  • Joanna

    I’m in. Thanks for the outline for prayer.

  • Clara

    This sounds great! I accept the challenge!

  • Jahne

    Definitely in! Xx

  • Judy

    I’m in!

  • Mikayla

    I will!

  • Kaitlin Weaver

    I’m committed

  • I am in!

  • Beth

    I’m In!

  • I’d love to!!!!

  • kate

    I’m in !!!!

  • Karissa

    Totally in!!

  • Anne

    I’m in!!

  • Allison

    I will!

  • Camila Oliveira

    I’m in!

  • Natalie

    Definitely in!! <3

  • Mickeeva Walker

    I love this! I’ll definitely be participating

  • Sarah A.

    I’ll definitely be doing this!

  • Yes 🙂

  • M

    I’ve needed something like this! It seems that THIS article is an answer to prayer! I’ve asked God to help me to grow closer to Him, and this, prayer, is one way we as Christians can.

  • Kaitlyn Burdick

    I’m down!!

  • Jesusfreak17

    Let’s do it!
    Also, one thing I read once that really stuck out to me was that God doesn’t say “no” he says, “I have something better.”
    Does anyone have suggestions for scripture that does with number 1?

  • Savannah

    I am so doing this! I will be attending a public school for the first time this fall and will really need the Lord to help me get through this change. I have attended a Christian School all my life and will now have to give up some of the amazing things I was able to talk about daily in class (God, the Bible, prayer, etc.) I know this challenge and God can help me through this time of adaptation! 🙂

    • Perfect timing! 🙂 I hope this 7 days turns into a daily habit for you 🙂

      • Savannah

        Thank You! I hope so too 🙂

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  • I will! 🙂

  • Anne

    Yeah! I’m excited to join! Prayer is something that I have a hard time staying consistent with, so this will be good!

  • tashia nicole

    This was very encouraging to read, Bethany! The Lord has been tugging at my heart that i don’t pray enough, and that I need to spend more time in prayer with Him. I’ve noticed lately, just little things, and realized that it was an answered prayer! Sometimes I’m so amazed at how God truly cares about everything, big or little!!
    Thank you for the encouraging post! Even this was a sign/reminder from God to me that I need to pray more, so thank you, Bethany! <3

  • ChristinaLHu18

    I’m in 🙂

  • Amanda

    I will join you all!!

  • Emily McPeek

    Bethany, about 3 weeks ago, I moved out of my parents house and into an apartment full of girls, so that I can attend university, three and a half hours away from my home and family, in a town where I know no one! Within the first couple of days I had waves of stress, anxiety, and loneliness come over me. I have always loved God, but I have found my faith slowly weakening over the past few months, and moving away was not helping! About five days after the move, I discovered Girl Defined Ministries through Pinterest. I purchased your new book, I’ve been watching your weekly webinar (on Thursdays, Wednesdays are a little dicey for me) and I have been finding so much comfort and empowerment in your blog, your videos, your book, and the Spirit you and your sister radiate, as well as through prayer and scripture! Your ministry has been a blessing for me in this new chapter of my life, and I know this is God’s way of steering me back to a path that will keep my heart close to him and help me become the woman He needs me to be while I’m up here at university, which is all I want! I wanted to thank you for being an instrument in that.
    And yes, of COURSE I will join you in the 7 day prayer challenge. Just another way to draw myself closer to my Savior. 🙂

  • Kiera

    Wow. This came at just the right time! Thank you, Bethany for listening to the Lord and sharing this with all of us!
    I am joining you all for the next seven days!!
    ~Kiera

  • Maru Santiago

    Challenge accepted, I want to become a woman of pray. God bless you!!

  • I’m in! Being consistant in prayer is a constant struggle for me but I am always so blessed when I take the time to meet with God each day.

  • Jazmín Ovalle

    I will!

  • Ruthanna

    I’m in too! Thanks so much for the encouragement and fellowship in doing this. God bless you!

  • Elaina

    Although I’m a little late on the seven days, I will.

  • Letícia Leite

    Yes, I’m in! o/

  • Sofia

    I’m starting a day late, but I’m in!

  • Abby

    Just reading this now, but I cannot wait to start! Thank you for setting up such a great challenge!

  • Talia

    I’m totally down!!!!

  • Jackie Rios

    I’m really excited to join in with you all! I’ve been trying to press into prayer ever since I’ve been raising funds for the mission trip I’m about to go in July. I know the Lord will do amazing things in this next week!

  • Lena

    Thank you for this blessing post!!!! I’m in Bethany! ^^

  • Thanks so much for writing this, Bethany! I’m excited to throw in structure into my prayer time. God bless you!! Y’all are amazing!!!

  • Allison

    I am! I’ve honestly not had a very structured prayer time lately, and I know that needs to change. Thank you so much for this!

  • Hey Everyone! Keep up the great work on this prayer challenge. I enjoyed a great time of prayer earlier this afternoon! How is your prayer time coming?

  • Ashley Sperry

    I’m a bit late but better than never. Count me in! 🙂

  • Caroline

    I’m joining as well. Let us pray together.

  • Sofia

    I’m so glad you started this challenge! My prayer life has been really, really weak. I’ve been meaning to start praying and trusting God to answer my prayers, but I just keep putting off doing it. I haven’t been a woman of prayer, but this challenge is helping me to talk to God and bring my requests to Him.
    It’s surprising how quickly 10 minutes goes! I use a timer for each part of the prayer.
    Thank you!

  • Chris

    I’m late but Yes, I’m starting the challenge today !!!

  • Hope N. Tabing

    A bit late but still I am joining this. I am in for this challenge, just in time that I’m also having my own spiritual retreat. thank you. what an encouragement. God bless

  • DJR

    It is difficult for me to write a comment on this blog post. Years ago my cousin died from Crohn’s disease. She was prayed over by her family and her church, sincerely and often. She left four motherless children. God was not just waiting for someone to pray for her recovery, as he apparently was, according to you, waiting for you to ask him to start your car.
    Yes, your example is silly and superficial. It implies that your prayers were more important than the prayers for my cousin. That you are more worthy.
    I am assuming that you do pray for world peace and cures for cancer etc., and not always to have your car start.
    I just cannot understand why your God answers no to so many heartfelt prayers for healing and instead starts someone’s car, while thousands of children starve.

    • Esther

      Maybe God does not always answer our prayers the way we want to. Maybe we do not even agree with God that He knows what best for us. Does God answer prayer because we are worthy of it? Does God answer prayer to do us a favor? I wonder.
      If we take God seriously, we allow Him to answer His way.

      I don’t mean to rebuke you. I want to encourage you. I have many questions about my own life (and that of my family) as well. Many things that I would have liked to be different. But I wonder, if everything just happened my way, I imagine that it would be peace and joy. But than there would be peace and joy in the circumstances, but would there be peace and joy in God for Who He is and for what He has done? Do you think Jesus would have died for us if He considered His feelings of fear more right than the purposes and the will of God?

      It is not that God does listen to some and not to others. It is not even the case that God only listens to prayer for small things and not to prayers for world problems.
      In the midst of all the difficulties in this live, God is longing for our attention for His sake. A godly life doesn’t mean all our prayers are answered with a yes. Following Jesus is always a life of trials and errors. We were meant for love. Love to God and love to our neighbor. The only way we will manage to love is by giving ourselves away to our God so that He may fill us with His unending love.

      I feel sorry for you that your cousin has died. I feel sorry for all the people that die every day for no reason at all. I wish I would be able to save the world from all its misery and sin. However, I am just a small human being in this big God-created world. Would I be more right than God? Never.

      I don’t mean to say that this world is a good place as it is. If that was the case, there was no need for Jesus to die for us. I’ll pray that many come to know Jesus and His saving work. That is the only thing that saves us from death. Jesus gives eternal life. A life full of joy and peace despite all the misery that is still in this world. That doesn’t mean a life of love won’t be hard. It does mean that it is possible.

      I hope that your life will be a sign of hope and love although our only strength is the God who we trust, and not our pray-ability.
      With love.

  • Ahhh! I am going to be at the True Woman conference too!!!! I can’t wait to hear you teach, Bethany and Kristen!!!

  • Adalie

    Hey Bethany,
    I know you did this a wile ago, but I am going to take up the prayer challenge. I will start tomorrow (Wednesday the 6) and go till next Wednesday.
    I have always had trouble with keeping focused and comitted to my prayer time with God, I’m excited to see how God will use the next week for His glory!
    And who knows, maybe it will go so well, I’ll do it for the rest of my life. 🙂

    Thanks for all you do! God truly shines through you and your sister. Your ministry has played a huge role in the last year of my life!

    God’s blessings be opon you as your go forward from here, wherever He may take you!

  • Michaela Miller

    Are you doing this anytime soon, again? Or is anyone else starting anytime soon?


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