26 November 2014
I realise that one of the most exciting and fulfilling times as a Christian were the times when i was most prayerful. I don’t pray as much as i should. Sometimes it does seem like too much effort to pray and i end up going without prayer for a long time.
But i was reminded tonight that in the times that i had prayed, whether to prepare myself for a meeting, or to pray for someone else, it has always brought a sense of hope and anticipation of what God would do. More often than not, i am pleasantly surprised and the more i did pray in those times, the more i saw God’s hand.
I don’t know exactly what causes me to pray more or less, but i am convinced that without being intentional about prayer, i will do less and less of it. Prayer is not just reserved for times before meals or before bed – but neither it doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. I once prayed a 5 second prayer during a meeting and after the meeting, i thought back at how it went and it actually went very smoothly (as well as the rest of the day after it). I don’t think prayer always changes events, but i do believe prayer always changes us. Our outlook, our thoughts, our responses to things that follow our prayer, and ultimately, it may these smaller things that change the bigger outcome of things.
Lord Jesus Christ, may i stop neglecting prayer. May i know the power of prayer, may i know the intimacy and joy it brings as i draw nearer to you in prayer. May prayer open my hear and eyes to your loving presence in every detail of my life. May it bring peace, hope and miracles to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
25 November 2014
I believe that keeping a habit of dedicating things we do to the Lord will help to sanctify whatever we set out to accomplish. There is a holiness in giving or dedicating things to the Lord. Whether it is hopes and dreams, decisions to make or good intentions that have yet to materialize – we can ask God to sanctify all these and make them holy. Holiness is another word for perfection. Many strive for perfection and some may even think they have achieved it through their sheer efforts, but that may be far from the truth. It is God that makes us holy or perfect, we cannot make ourselves or anything we touch or do – holy or perfect. That is why Jesus died for us, because we could never reach holiness despite our most sincere and best efforts. Leviticus 21:8 states it well: “You must treat them as holy because they offer up food to your God. You must consider them holy because I, the Lord, am holy, and I make you holy.”
Lord, i acknowledge that even my best intentions will not be perfect. As i offer up more and more of the things that occupy my mind, time and life, i pray that you will bless it all. Not just to bless so that it prospers, but more importantly Lord, bless so that what may begin imperfect, can be made perfect and holy because it is offered to you.