Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday and I realized that not only is God an amazing God BUT more importantly, I have too many moments that I have taken him for granted just as my teenagers take me for granted. Yes, I obey God and do the things that He commands me to do via his word…. HOWEVER – when I do not take the time to do the little things that He says like pray – meditate – etc… I feel myself off balanced. If I would have just taken the time to do the little things…. When I obtain these God – Epiphany – Moments – I submit my mind…body..soul and spirit all over again and go through a “Coming to Christ” re- enactment.
I have to come to Jesus like it is the first time so that I can REMEMBER the sacrafices that He has done for me so that I can benefit from this temporary living situation that I have been blessed with here on earth.
Jesus said that , “…men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” (Luke 18:1) God speaks to us through Bible reading, but we speak to Him through prayer. Every Christian needs a special time each day (perhaps more than once per day) when he gets alone with God in prayer. Mark 1:35 says, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Jesus realized the need to pull away for a while and get alone with His Father in prayer. In our fast-paced society this is sometimes hard, but it’s very necessary and well worth the effort.
If you’re REALLY trusting God for your daily needs and the needs of others, then you will naturally go to Him in prayer to make your requests known. When a child is really depending on his father to do something for him, he won’t quit talking to him about it until it is done. God expects us to come to Him on a regular basis to simply “empty” ourselves by laying all our wants and needs in His hands.
Paul said, “Pray without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Prayer is to be continual, because our relationship with God is continual. Many Christians wait until they’ve become loaded down with sins and many burdens before they pray, but this isn’t God’s will. God commands us to pray ALWAYS so we’ll never become over-loaded with problems. He wants us to carry a LIGHT load. Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mat. 11:30).
The subjects of prayer are many. Thanksgiving is an important part of prayer (Mark 8:6; John 6:11; I Tim. 4:4-5). We are told to pray for forgiveness (I John 1:9), for personal needs(Mat. 6:9-13; Philip. 4:6, 19), and for wisdom (Jas. 1:5-7). We are told to remember others in prayer (Rom. 1:9; Jas. 5:13-16), to remember our government leaders (I Tim. 2:1-2), and to pray for our pastors, churches, and missionaries (I Ths. 5:25; II Ths. 3:1; Jas. 5:16).
Everyone needs to take timeout each day for such physical needs as bathing, eating, and sleeping. Likewise, every Christian needs a special time each day for Bible reading and prayer.
God understands that there is a time and a place for everything under the sun, so use your time wisely so that you do not ever have to choose between alone time with God and other things that can distract us from Him. Remember without Christ in our lives….. our lives are off balanced ANYWAY! Want balance? Get God!