Paul exhorts all believers to pray without ceasing. How many of us really do that? How many of us are so connected to God that we want to do that? In praying without ceasing, do we really involve God in every area of our lives? Do we look to Him for answers, for help, for guidance, for leading, for encouragement?
Pastor G and I spend time reading spiritual books together. That not only includes scripture but spirit-filled and led authors as well. The current project is revisitng what we consider to be a classic by Jim Cymbala,
- Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
. If you haven’t read it, please do. If you haven’t read it in a while, please revisit it.
God showed Jim Cymbala that prayer is an indicator of spiritual health, both in a personal and corporate sense. It helps us focus on what’s truly important and the fact that when we are not able, God is. It makes the words “nothing is impossible with God” a reality. God hears and answers prayer, and many times that answer is with such power that we get blown away.
You know I’ve written that prayer is us connecting to and communicating with God. There’s more, like petition and intercession, but that’s all integral to prayer. God has blessed us with spiritual daughters that we were blessed to birth into our eternal family, and we are their mentors as well. Their lives are not easy. They are the only believers in their families, and their families tend to be extremely hostile towards God and His way of life and love. Without prayer, their Christian walks would be impossible. God the Holy Spirit takes up where they, and we as concerned spiritual parents, leave off.
Brothers and sisters, when we pray, we tap into the supernatural where power is limitless. That power, of course, is not ours but God’s. He makes the physically impossible happen in many lives and circumstances. Like Romans 8:28 promises, He makes all things (good and bad) work together for good for those who love God. I do love Him with all that I am and pray you do as well.
Do you begin your day with prayer? Make the time. You’ll find your day, even with seeming obstacles, comes to a satisfactory conclusion. You don’t go through the day on your power alone. You are connected to the power of the universe. Continue your day and be instant in prayer, asking God for help and whatever you need every step of the way. For many of us, life will get harder, and we need to have our spiritual priorities in order.
So, let’s pray: Father God, thanks for reminding us of the importance of prayer and the needed spiritual connection it brings. We know Your hear our voices. Help us to hear Yours as we go through the challenges each day brings. We thank You for the successes and victories in spite of seeming roadblocks. Help us to be on fire for you and to burn to connect to You all day, every day. Help us to be and do what it is You have for us to be and do. Help us to make a difference in the lives of those You send across our paths, whether it be in some physical way or through intercession for help or needed change in their lives. Father, there are so many out there who need You and don’t know it or see it. Their lives and thinking are distorted because of wrong choices and their consequences. Remember them, Father, with love and whatever is best for them now. Help us to be excited for their future blessings and not get bogged down in despair and hopelessness. Help us to remember that, just because things are the way they are now, it doesn’t mean they will stay that way. We pray that You will make Yourself known to them when You decide it’s time. Help us to be ready to help the salvation process as You lead. Thanks for the love, the connection and all wonderful things. We love You, too, you know. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Brothers and sisters, let’s all be instant in prayer and pray without ceasing.
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