It’s the second day of #PrayFirst, our 21-day period of fasting and prayer, and we are believing God to do the impossible! But first, we must pray. Many of our prayers go unanswered simply because they go unasked. You may have heard this before, but prayer really does change everything. When we start to pray regularly, irregular things happen.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to pray without ceasing; but for many of us, that’s easier said than done. When we shift our perspective and consider that God can be a part of everything we do, everything can change. Invite God into the everyday parts of your life and see how your life changes for the better. Here are three ways to make sure God is part of your everyday life.
ESTABLISH A TIME
Make an appointment for quality one-on-one time with the maker of the entire universe. Mark 1:35 tells us that Jesus rose very early in the morning while it was still dark to go and commune with God. He was intentional about making time to spend time with God. Like Jesus, we, too, must set aside daily time to spend with God. If you’ve ever missed an important meeting or appointment, it’s likely because it wasn’t written down or scheduled on your calendar. We want to encourage you to do the same in your quiet time with God. Seek to eliminate distractions and devote that time, whether it’s 15 minutes or 4 hours, to prayer with God.
GO TO A CERTAIN PLACE
This is a place where you won’t be disrupted but can go and pray out loud. Playing soft worship music can help, too. So often, we think we have to have the right words and pray similar lofty prayers like ones we have heard by those we deem more spiritual than we are. The truth is: we can be real with God. Jesus is our friend. He tore the veil in half so we could go to God directly and have an intimate relationship with Him.
MAKE A PLAN
Go to God with a plan of what you’re seeking Him for. Maybe you’ve been lost on what your true calling is. Perhaps you or a family member needs healing. It could be that you’ve lost all sense of hope and you want it restored. Or maybe there are 10 specifics you are believing God for. Whatever it is, be sure to have a plan before your meeting with God. During that time of prayer, He then gives His instructions. At that point, we must obey.
To obey God may seem like a daunting part of a relationship with Him, but it comes with purpose. He is continually sanctifying us for the purpose He has called us to. This was made plain to us during our Summer Nights service. And for the first time since launch, Pastor Jensy brought the Word! His message, “For Such a Time as This,” encouraged us to think not of our qualifications or resumes, but of the One true qualifier. Just like Esther was called to save a generation, we are also called to something big, something beyond our own ability. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. So it doesn’t matter where we’re from, what degrees or knowledge we have or don’t have, God has a plan and a purpose for our lives and we are here for such a time as this.
We hope you were able to pick up a personal prayer guide booklet to guide you through developing an intimate relationship with God. We serve a God who does amazing things but we may never know because we don’t talk to Him. So let’s talk to Him! Pray first. Pray always. Pray with purpose.