This week’s Quiet Times: Focus: A Closer Walk with GodPrayer is a Lifestyle Not a Destination!MONDAYHave you ever heard a statement similar tothis, “Prayer is a lifestyle, not a destination!”!It’s true 1 Thes. 5:17 our lifestyle asChristians in large part has to do with ourconnecting (fellowship) with God throughprayer. Have you been connected with Godmuch recently? Have the lines been jammedby too much little stuff? Is it time to cleanthe room and make space for God in yourlife? What are you going to make less space for to fit God in? As you work onputting prayer in your schedule remember, God is always there ready to listen;when you go to the Father in prayer He will hear (Heb. 13:5; 1 Pet. 3:12)! Writedown your favorite Bible passage on the subject of prayer and memorize it. Praytoday more than you did yesterday.TUESDAYEre you left your room this morning did you think to pray? Can you remember thissong? This is one of those songs for me, that really helps me to focus on myresponsibility of prayer to my awesome God. How about you? Do you feel a pulltowards fellowship with God when you even just read the words to this song? Youdo need to focus on God especially when you start your day (Psalm 5:3). Today,seek the favor of God in your life. Ask God to be with you and bless you as you livefor Him through this day, in the name of Christ the Savior. Make yourself be readyto serve the Lord in some way by being spiritually awake to what is going onaround you and towards those you communicate with today. Be like Epaphraswas. Ask someone if you can pray with them or for them (Col. 4:12).WEDNESDAY“In everything (all circumstances) give thanks: for this is the will of God in ChristJesus concerning you” (1 Thes. 5:18)! Whatever comes your way, in Christ weshould always be thankful to God for what He allows to come our way. Evenchallenges and difficulties hold a blessing, for which we can only see suchpotential through the eyes of faith (James 1:2-5). And, if we find ourselves lackingthe wisdom to pilot and maneuver through these challenges we can surely ask
God and seek His counsel to help us (Hebrews 4:14-16; Prov. 3:5-6). The intimaterelationship that we should experience and grow in with God will help us to castall our cares upon Him because we KNOW that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:6-7).Read Philippians 4:6-7. What will a close relationship with God in prayer help youto get rid of that robs so much of many people’s thoughts and time today? Whatare you suppose to make known unto God? Do you know now that God wantshelp you? What kind of life does God really want you to experience on the inside?Write down Phil. 4:6 and memorize it.THURSDAYPray all the time! Read Luke 18:1-8. What is one purpose for prayer here?Count your blessings! How many times do you just stop give a quick prayer to Godand thank him for your various blessings throughout the day? I’m not talkingabout the regularly scheduled prayer times but the various times you consciouslyrecognize something wonderful and give a heartfelt thank you to God. Today seeto it that you count your blessings much more than usual and give to God manymore thanks for giving you so many blessings. Think about your soul’s salvation,family, church family, friends, enemies, acquaintances, leaders, country, and soon to help you get going (cf. 1 Tim. 2:1-2).. Read Ephesians 5:19-20. Our songsand prayers won’t be complete without the constant ingredient of thankfulnessfor all things to God. Grateful hearts will give us happy hearts.FRIDAYRead Matthew 6:5-15. Pray in secret! Part of the goal in quiet times (devotedtime) for God is private prayer. Do you go to a place in secret, away fromdistractions so you can pray? This is one type of prayer lifestyle to have,preferably daily (Mark 1:35; cf. Luke 9:23). To go a day without serious prayer islike going a day without food. Jesus left us an example of constant fellowship withthe Father (Luke 6:12). Think about it, Jesus prayed in secret so there could be nodistractions. Jesus’ prayer before the most difficult time before his physical agonywas in Gethsemane “alone”, it was in private away from his closest friends (Mt.26:36, 42, 44). In private prayer we can draw closer to God in our heart (spirit)and spend time with Him in meditation upon what He has revealed to us in theBible, His word. See to it, that you go to your secret place to enjoy fellowship,closeness, peace and rest that God gives us through prayer. Write down James4:8 and some ways that you can do what it tells you through prayer.Let us live to make each day a closer walk with God!