Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Be still and know that I am God…

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Be still and know that I am God… Psalm 46:10

The Priority of Prayer
When we have a relationship with God and spend time with Him every day in prayer and reading His word, it will become a priority in our lives.  We have to make it a priority because the last thing Satan wants you to do is to be on your knees talking to God.  Satan knows the power of prayer, maybe better than we do.  When we go to God in prayer, we are going to battle and that scares Satan. 
Having a disciplined prayer and study time each day will become the calm in the eye of the storm of life.  Sometimes just sitting and “being” with God is the best.  There are days when we just need to feel His presence and that does more for us at that time than opening our Bibles or trying to make sense of what we are feeling to try to put into a prayer.  He knows what we are feeling, and He knows what we need.  Having a relationship with Him means that He knows us like we know our best friends, but even better.
The Bible says that we are to “pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17 This means that we are to be in an attitude of prayer at all times.  That means we never close the communication lines with God.  He is always there with us and we have instant access to Him every second of the day.  We don’t have to wait on Him or worry that He is not with us, even when it doesn’t feel like He is there.
When we pray, there are some things we can do to help us stay focused on God and not let our minds wander:
  • Pray out Loud – Praying out loud can help us keep our thoughts straight and concentrate on what we are praying about. 
  • Keep a Prayer List - Write down the things and people you want to pray about.  It also helps you see the victories of answered prayers. 
  • Have Paper close by – Sometimes the Lord will bring people to your mind and reveal truths to you that you won’t want to forget. 
Spending time in prayer every day certainly doesn’t mean that everything will go your way all the time.  It just means that when things do happen, we have a direct line to the God of the universe.  Some of the answers we get will be hard answers that we don’t want, and we don’t understand but if we know that God’s hand is on our lives and He cares for us, we can trust His plan. 
Whatever we value, we invest in and we make time for whatever we feel is important.  If it is important to us, we make time for it, we rearrange our schedules or cut some things out.  The same is true of our time with God each day.  If we aren’t careful, it is easy to skip our quiet time when we feel rushed, tired, or the pressure of the season we are in is crushing on all sides.  These are the times we need to be in His presence so much more.  These are the times we may need to just sit in silence and let Him wash over us.  
Guard your time with Him.  Make it a priority as you would feeding your physical body.  Prayer and time with God are food for our souls.  It feeds our faith and gives us the strength and hope to face our lives. 

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