Did you hear it? That still small voice beckoning you to prayer time with the Lover of your soul. He understands that life gets busy and He knows the myriad of demands you must deal with on a daily basis, but still, He beckons. He wants time alone with you. Finding time to pray can be challenging, but so are a lot of things we make time for.
Praying while driving is ok.
It’s fine to pray when you shop, but there is something magical about time alone, set aside and protected exclusively for fellowship with Jesus. You gotta make it happen, Chrisitan woman!
A needed calibration and return to prayer.
My husband is leading our church in the study of an amazing Christian curriculum called “Your Church Experiencing God Together” It’s absolutely amazing. It shines the all-important spotlight on our need to serve one another, love one another, and support one another in the corporate Body of Christ.
In this season of megachurches, the local church has grown cold and sterile.
Christ is sort of our Head or guiding force, but sometimes, I think we’ve lost our heart. I agree completely with my husband’s decision for us to experience this curriculum in small groups.
I’m actually very excited about it! It will inspire us and train us to “experience” God and to cultivate a culture of prayer. We need it corporately and we need it personally. Finding time to pray is so hard in our busy lives. Focus on prayer will be helpful, I think.
Honestly, I think one of the reasons we are “cold” and distant inside churches is because we’ve neglected personal prayer time outside the church walls.
As a result, we walk into church “broken” and empty because our prayer lives have grown cold.
Re-charge prayer for yourself.
Never, ever neglect your own personal quiet time with the Lord for very long. Trust me, it will render a bad result. Trust, me. I know from experience.
It is during this time (away from everyone else) the Holy Spirit re-fuels you and strengthens you for living your daily Christian life – both inside and outside the church.
You can work all you want in the ministry, but if you are running on spiritual fumes, you will be nothing more than a mean, impatient tired church member.
Who needs that?
Instead, love Him in private. Accept His call to fellowship. He loves you and has something to share with you.
Are you ready?
Go ahead, begin with 5 uninterrupted minutes of prayer.
Work your way toward more time.
To be clear…it’s not really about the quantity of time you spend with the Lord. Still, the amount of time matters.
A doctor had better “put in” the time to know a body and you had better put in the time to know your God!
Will you fall for the old okeydoke?
Don’t believe the whole “quality” over “quantity” myth. Duration matters, but not in a legalistic way. I have a question for you: would you allow a surgeon who went to medical school only a quarter of the required time to operate on you? What if he said “I didn’t finish medical school, but I had some good “quality” time watching my instructors.”
Would you let that joker remove your appendix? I wouldn’t.
Investment of time does make a difference. So does going the distance.
Take the time to pray. Devote time sitting in God’s presence allowing Him to download into your spirit, guide you, and strengthen you.
Soon, you’ll wonder how you managed your life without regular, consistent time with your Father!
Watch and see!
Start now: Go to your calendar and schedule a recurring prayer time every day.