Prayer: Are You neglecting your most powerful weapon?

Prayer: Are You neglecting your most powerful weapon?

When I first felt the nudge to get up before daybreak to spend some quiet time to pray and read from my bible I determined to make it happen. But 5:30 a.m. came. And 5:30 a.m. went and I was still cozy in bed, covers pulled up to chin thinking, tomorrow I will. But tomorrow I didn’t. And then I got sick—really sick and everything I said I believed was tried. I’d missed that first opportunity for exclusive prayer time and to hear the heart of God. But God is so merciful and loving. Again He nudged —well more like a soft push. And this time I was up and ready.  That time, in a matter of months changed my life on every level. But more about that in a later post.

 

Prayer is our most powerful weapon

I hear people say often “Well I guess all we can do now is pray”. Prayer is mentioned as though it were on the bottom of the list of choices, one final effort when everything else has failed. But prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have as Christians (Jas. 5:16). When used regularly and strategically and in faith it will cause you to have victory in every area of your life.

Prayer allows us communication with another Kingdom

The heavenly kingdom or the kingdom of God represents our home base. It is our place of safety, our unbending, strong foundation (Prov. 18:10).  It is where we turn to for direction and instruction and solid wisdom far beyond our own understanding. When looking at things in the natural realm our sight is limited, we can’t see what is working or taking place in the spiritual world. We only know what we see. We are missing what is taking place in the Kingdom that makes all the difference.

When communication breaks down between us and our home base we can be left groping around and defenseless against a very real devil. As we grow tired on the battlefield of this life that connection with our home base gives us rest and peace.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Is. 26:3)

It is a place higher (the heavenly) than this place (earth). When we connect with our heavenly Father suddenly what is going on around us pales and becomes insignificant in the sight of a God bigger than it all. Our connection shifts us back into perspective and reminds us of the power we have access to as well as the insight. One encouraging word from Him in a world and time of mayhem can put us at ease. Sometimes the voices in our head can become so loud and desperate with discouraging thoughts and fears and doubts we forget that there is a God bigger than it all. He wants you to win! He is on our side when it feels as if no one else is. He remains unchangeable when everything around us seems turned upside down.

 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalms 61:2 KJV)

 

Next Week: Prayer–are you waiting on God or is God waiting on you?

In the Moments of Quiet

In the Moments of Quiet

If you are like me you are on a constant move from the moment your feet hit the floor. From the kids, to the hubby or wife, work and so on your ‘to dos’ are heap upon a plate that is overflowing. Perhaps as you are dressing or in the car on the way to work or school you breathe a quick ‘thank you’ to God, call it your morning prayer time and keep it moving. I know the feeling as I’ve done it more times than I care to admit.

Now prayer doesn’t have to be a 90-minute knee-bending event or a drawn out session where we dump on God our every woe. But it is important that we crave out some quiet time with God–have a conversation before the day begins to wear away.

Prep Time

I’m not a huge sports fan, but I know others that are and from my understanding before the coach send his players out there to face the opponent he takes time to encourage, uplift and direct and yes, pray. He prepares them for the challenge, to mentally fortify them with what is necessary to win. This isn’t the time to scrimmage or lift weights, no. You see the coach understands that the game is both mental and physical and if either is lacking, the opponent can easily undercut. For us this life is more spiritual than natural. Anything that has or will materialize exist spiritually first. We must prepare. Moving in our day unprepared leaves us open to the enemy and his tactics.

 

Coach Prepping Team

The bible says the devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (I Pet. 5:8) He is seeking—a slow calculating search for those that are open, inattentive, unaware. Prayer is our preparation—our scrimmage, pep talk, rally, conditioning period. It is the time we equip ourselves to deal with those spiritual influences that will surely challenge us throughout the day. It helps us to divert stress, escape danger and receive direction. We cannot blame anyone when we make a wrong decision if we did not first seek the Master. (Prvb. 3:6)

God walks to talk with you

A friend of mine has a daughter with whom he was estranged from for some years. When they finally reconnected she was on a perpetual quest to get everything she could from him. She only appeared when she wanted money, gifts or a place to stay. Once she had what she was after, she was gone. When he couldn’t provide what she asked for, she pouted like a two-year-old ranting that if he was a real father he would make it happen.

God is a real father and he will do for us. But God is about relationship. He wants to talk with you, hear your voice and hear your praises. Our prayer is not all about a list of wants( although he is a God of provision). It’s about communing with our Lord, finding out his heart so that ours may align with it. It is a time we check with him on today’s agenda. How many tragedies would be averted it we’d only checked with God?

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God sometimes will give the preverbal tap on the shoulder sometime during the day, to tell us to take a different turn, but how much more so if our hearts are already open to hear him. If the world’s voice is louder than his, we’ve missed something.

Talk to him. Share your heart and then let him share his. Sing a sweet love song, He, like us loves to hear the sound of His name.

But there isn’t any time

There is always time, but it is our priorities that we must adjust. Twenty-four hours is twenty-four hours no matter who you are. Time spent with God may make the difference in wrong decisions, tragedies and bad moods. Time with God is never wasted, no matter how we may waste away the rest of the time.

Take the time. You will be glad you did and so will He.