Summary: Do you have somewhere that you can go and shut out the distractions and demands of everyday life just spend some quality time with God?
As always, the question:
Where do you go to be alone with God?
Do you have somewhere that you can go and shut out the distractions and demands of everyday life just spend some quality time with God?
We are spending a year considering Powerful Prayers, or Powerful Pray ERS and there are many books about prayer, and how we should pray,
Some authors say that you should start the day with prayer, willingly giving God the first part of our day – before we start doing anything else we can to pray.
Others say that it is better to stop at the end of the day to give God thanks and praise for the things that happened during the day
then asking Him to help you face the circumstances and situations of the following day.
The truth is that not everyone is a morning person and not everyone is able to focus after a long day of work.
It does not really matter when we pray -
what matters most is that we take the time to pray.
Do you actively choose to put aside time for God in your schedule or do you just grab a moment for prayer when it fits into your day?
Jesus often set aside time to pray, He would draw aside from the crowds, from His disciples, from His friends and pray.
Personally, I choose to start and end my day with prayer.
I start my with a short devotional, read the Bible and then spend some time in prayer.
Then at the end of the day, or sometime early in the morning of the following day, as I lay down to go to sleep I read another short devotional on my iPhone then I pray before going to sleep.
Just in case your wondering, I do pray more than twice in a day.
I pray for those who are on my prayer list and for those who the Lord will lay on my heart throughout the day.
I pray before meetings, I pray before services,
I pray before meals, I pray when I’m driving.
I even pray about situations and circumstances that my friends publicly tell the world about on Facebook or Twitter.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 tells us to “Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
God wants us to make praying to Him a regular habit. This doesn’t mean we will pray without a pause all day every day.
It simply means we need to develop the habit of regular prayer.
Maybe you struggle to know who to pray for or what to pray about.
You could pray for your family and friends.
You could pray for your neighbours or people at work.
You could pray for the man and woman who run the shop next door.
You could use a copy of Sunday2Sunday to pray for the different ministries and activities that take place across our group of churches.
You could pray for the eKids work - for the children and the leaders.
You pray could pray for the Sunday Youth Bible Class, or the Friday Night Gathering’s.
You could pray for Tea Timers or the women’s meetings
You could pray for the worship team or our new youth band ‘love your enemies’
You could pray for the church board and the ministers, or Keith in his work as Chaplain.