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The Priority of a Devotional Life

By Church of God Evangelistic Association
March 30, 2013

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after. Psalm 27:4

The more I think of and pray about the state of religion in this country, and all over the world, the deeper my conviction becomes that the low state of the spiritual life of Christians is due to the fact that they do not realize that the aim and object of conversion is to bring the soul even here on earth to a daily fellowship with the Father in Heaven.

When once this truth has been accepted, the believer will perceive how indispensable it is to the spiritual life of a Christian to take time each day with God’s Word, and in prayer to wait upon God for His presence and love to be Revealed. ~Andrew Murray

Do we have an attitude of expectancy when we pray? The greatest obstacle to our faith is our constant focus on the difficulties we face, rather than on the Great Creator of all things who has promised to answer our prayers. Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was made earnestly by the church unto God for him: the church prayed and God did the impossible and Peter was delivered. Our prayers must be made with our hearts and eyes focused on God, not on our difficulties. There should be no doubt in your mind, based upon the absolute promises of God that He will bless your life, marriage, and church if you will truly seek Him and His will in prayer! The greatest decision you can make is to make prayer a top priority in your life on a daily basis!

Is prayer the first thing in the morning on your list for the day? How much time do you give to prayer? Paul exhorts us just as he did the Christians in the church at Colosse in Col. 4:12. “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” We can move mountains through prayer! We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us when we pray! Our savior said it best in Luke 18:1, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” May we all cry out to our Heavenly Father daily: Teach us to pray and give us the discipline and self control to do it faithfully!

Our Heavenly Father is calling each of us to a closer walk with Him as we develop a greater intimacy with our Savior through prayer. We must never underestimate the power of our prayers! When we pray for ourselves and for others according to God’s will and Word powerful miraculous results will come in answers to our prayers. Schedule a portion of your day to come boldly before the throne of grace. Make prayer the priority in your life that our Savior did during His earthly ministry. There is no higher calling nor greater honor and privilege than a life devoted to prayer. It is the key to being an over comer and dwelling in the shadow of the Almighty both now and throughout eternity.

Have you ever stopped to reflect on the times you’ve prayed? Not just the times when you’ve said some prayers, but times when you cried out to our Heavenly Father with deep emotion and an intense and fervent spirit. Unfortunately, this too often only happens when we are backed into a corner and are facing a crisis at some level. God’s desire for us is that we learn to pray with great passion and purpose on a daily basis ever seeking to draw closer and closer to Our Wonderful Savior. Too often we become preoccupied with the things of this world and devote very little time to those pursuits that have eternal value, such as prayer and fellowship with our Heavenly Father through the Scriptures.

When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty

Trust Him fully because two things can happen

Either He will catch you when you fall, or

He will teach you how to fly!

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