Thursday, May 26, 2016

Making Time and Taking Time

 
Have you had a time when you weren’t working or were between jobs with a little more time than usual? And then realized that maybe you missed the most important thing you could be doing during that time? I have been there. In retrospect the most important thing I could have done was to spend time in the Word and with my Lord Jesus. I didn’t. I know there is no condemnation to those in Christ who walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. I am reflecting back on that time so that next time I will have learned what really matters.
 
Here is what was on my heart back then:
Prayer: Father, I need You and I want to really desire to press in spending quality time with You; undistracted, in Your presence. I am not such a blessing to You lately. Please help me? Please help us in the church to be where You want us – SOON, Lord Jesus. Forgive me for not using my recent jobless time to get closer to You. Thank you for the time you do give me each and every day – help me to choose wisely! AMEN
 
"Strive not, daughter. Be at peace before Me. I have heard your cries. I Am working. Let your focus be Jesus. Timing is the key. My timing is perfect. SELAH."
 
Prayer: It’s July, oh, Father where are the months going and the years? I thank you for who You are and that we are Your people and You’re our God. Help is to choose, moment by moment to draw closer to You!!
 
In Ephesians 6:18 we are encouraged to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

 
Our Lord is present and we don’t need an appointment or to leave a voice mail hoping He will get back to us later. He is there. He is with us. He is ready, willing and able to talk to us and to listen.
 
In 2 Corinthians 1:11 speaks of prayer again saying, in part ”Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” (NIV)
 
Prayer is talking to and listening to God, simple and straight forward but we do need to take time and make time to do that often.
 
Philippians 1:19
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. (NIV)

 
In Philippians we are told of deliverance. How many of us have circumstances today in which we could use a bit of help or deliverance? Prayer to the Lord works. I know sometimes it seems like I think of many ideas and solutions and then remember that I should pray about any issue that concerns me.
 
In Revelation 5:8 we are given another picture of prayer: Revelation 5:8
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (NIV)
 
Prayer: Dear Jesus, it is incredible that You always listen and answer our prayers. Sometimes it is yes, sometimes no and sometimes in your perfect timing but you always answer. Thank you for your patience and for teaching us even through our blunders. We praise Your incredible name, Jesus. AMEN
 
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