Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!
Almighty God, the Giver of life and Forgiver of sins, we come to You now with hope: Hope because You always love us, even though at times it seems like we have been forsaken. Hope because you do not hold our sins against us, but instead grant us Your grace. Hope because You turn our hearts toward You and give us the courage to trust You in a world filled with darkness. Help us, Lord, to confess our sins, remembering that Your Son died for our sins so that we might be reconciled to You. Create in us the desire to serve You faithfully in all that we say and do. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Devotional- By Scott Wright
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16 (NKJV)
We are looking at a six part devotional series titled, “Understanding & Implementing Discipline.” We’ve learned that we will have a propensity to repeat our mistakes within our Christian walk until we implement “spiritual disciplines” into our life—disciplines that will help us to stay focused on God and his Word. In addition to these disciplines, we must purpose in our heart to be filled daily with the Spirit of God (Eph 5:18).
Once we have learned these principles, we can implement them to ensure an effective Christian life that brings honor to God and edifies those around us.
In Part II of this series we will begin to look at our first spiritual discipline, which is:
The first thing we need to know about prayer, is it is the way in which we communicate with God. It is equivalent to an astronaut’s space suit—it is the method God chose to communicate with us, and it sustains us in our spiritual life. We should be praying about everything, all the time. We’re actually told to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).
The second essential thing for us to remember when seeking to have a healthy prayer life, is for us to understand how prayer should work. When we pray, we are not trying to get God to move in our direction—we should always be moving towards what He will’s for the situation we are seeking Him in prayer over.
The third thing we should realize about prayer is it can be done anywhere, anytime, in any situation. We can do it while sitting, standing, or lying down. We can pray with our eyes open, or closed; we can do it out loud, or quietly—it doesn’t matter. Prayer shouldn’t be a last resort either, but should be spirit-led, and from our heart.
As we learn to be disciplined in our prayer life, we should be using prayer as a first line of action. We should start every day in prayer as we come into the presence of God to seek His will for our day. It’s how we gain access to God’s power to enable us to accomplish what He has asked of us. It doesn’t matter if we have great words to articulate our needs before the Lord, because He already knows what we need, long before asking Him. He is more concerned with our reasons for asking.
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:7-8 (NKJV)
STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with regard to prayer according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying continuously about everything?
APPLICATION: Let’s seek God in prayer continuously—as we start our day, when we read our Bible, or as we are contemplating making our decisions.
Father, we would like to praise You for being who You are. Father, we confess we need your guidance and power. Thank Your for helping us to choose correctly. We seek You this day and ask for Your hedge of protection upon our lives, and for your guidance in wisdom and discernment so we can choose wisely. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.