Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Intentional time with the Lord: Prayer

Over the last few weeks we've covered these topics in these devotions:

  1. Created with intention
  2. Working with intention
  3. Loving your neighbors intentionally
  4. Loving your enemies intentionally
  5. Loving your children intentionally
  6. Loving your spouse intentionally
  7. Intentional time with the Lord:  Grace

Those are a great start to living a more intentional life, but if we are to really be more effective and intentional it needs to start with our time with the Lord.  David Matthis says, “Only prayer can transform information into intimacy.” (p. 48, Stay Christian in Seminary)

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:15-18
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.  Romans 5:12-13

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

You don't have to look very far to find a lot of scripture about praying.  In these three passages it talks about being constant in prayer, praying without ceasing and in every situation to pray.  When Jesus came, the curtain was torn giving us direct access to God.  We don't have to ask a high priest to pray for us or offer sacrifices in order to pray.  We have a direct line to God via prayer.  

When we come before him we don't have to have it all together, or even be in a certain place.  We can pray wherever we are, whenever we want.  We draw closer to God by reading His word and praying to Him.  We can pray in our homes, our cars, our workplaces and everywhere in between.

I know if you wanted to you could wave your hand
Spare me this heartache and change your plan
And I know any second you could take my pain away
But even if you don't I pray
Help me want the Healer more than the healing
Help me want the Savior more than the saving
Help me want the Giver more than the giving
Help me want you Jesus more than anything--More than anything, Natalie Grant

Dear Lord, 
Thank you for sending your Son to die for us, so we could have a relationship with you.  We humbly come before your throne and lay our requests at your feet.  You alone are mighty to save, and we thank you so much for Jesus.  
In Your name,

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