"When God finds a person who will place as his priority a life of intimate, personal, dynamic fellowship with Him, He directs His power, guidance, and wisdom into and through that person. God has found a person through whom He can change the world." - LeRoy Eims
If we're being honest, we all struggle to pray on a regular basis in a way that feels effective. Sadly, one of our most common excuses for not praying as often and as effectively as we should is busyness.
Tragically, we even justify our busyness to look more spiritual or more important than others. For the Christian, this shouldn't be the case.
Many times throughout the gospels we see Jesus leaving the crowds, and at times even his closest disciples, in order to be alone with the Father in prayer (Mark 1:35). This truth brings to light a very serious reality for us today:
If Jesus, who was the God-man, needed to step away from ministry in order to spend one on one time with the Father, how much more should we be getting alone to pray to our Father?
Regardless of how much you pray now, the reality is that it's never too late to begin doing the right thing.
PRAYER CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: MAKE TIME TO PRAY!
As with any new habit, you need a good game plan to implement it. It is our hope and prayer that the following suggestions would be helpful to you as you seek to make more time to pray this week and in doing so you would experience an intimacy with the Father like never before.
1. Read Matthew 6:5-14 on "The Lord's Prayer".
Ask God what He is speaking to you about.
- What are you going to do with this truth?
- How will you apply the truth of God's Word this week?
2. Establish a daily prayer routine.
Set your alarm to go off earlier in the morning OR so that you're reminded to pray before bed. The time of day doesn't matter but the intentionality does. - What time will you pray each day this week?
- When is your time with God scheduled?
- Do you have a specific place where you pray?
One of the greatest lies of Satan is that we don't have enough time to sleep, eat, and pray. However, all of us have enough time to sleep, eat, and breathe. As soon as we realize that prayer is as important as sleeping, eating, and breathing, we will be amazed at how much time we have to pray." - Pastor from South Korea
3. Pray while driving.
Many of us commute to work. This is potentially 10-45 minutes of alone time with God! Rather than wasting that time with talk radio, turn off the radio and just begin talking to God.
Not sure what to say? Here are some topics to kick start the conversation:
- What do you need to praise God for?
- What do you need to thank God for?
- What do you need to confess to God?
- What area of your life needs to be brought into submission?
4. Do it!
You now have tangible tools to help you make time to pray this week. How willing are you to actually implement some of these suggestions?
We'd love to hear what God is teaching you personally as you walk through this 30 Days of Prayer initiative. Please feel free to share your insights, comments, or questions on The City in our group called "House of Prayer".
Praying with you this week,
Pastor Brett Ricley
"If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day" - Martin Luther
"Prayer was the first of Jesus' daily activities and appointments, the number one item on his calendar each day. If nothing else would get done that day, prayer would get done." - Dave Earley