First Things @ First
What follows in one of those moments we have that sort of jumps off the page when reading a book or an article. It has to do with perspective and balance in our prayer life. Although we have been doing this spiritual discipline for a few years together, there are times when it is good to assess what we are doing and more importantly, why.
Ronnie Floyd, President of SBC writes these words in his book, 'How to Pray--Developing an Intimate Relationship with God.' They help us reset the practice of prayer in our lives.
et the practice of prayer in our lives.
Floyd writes, "Effective prayer occurs when you talk to God and listen to what God is saying to you."
I hope you will personally consider the importance of his statement this morning.
When you talk to God and then listen to Him, you gain a whole new perspective on life. You also gain a new perspective on yourself. You even gain a new perspective on the circumstances in your life. If all you ever do is 'say' your prayers, you will find it exceedingly difficult to function faithfully with God's perspective in your life. However, as you listen to God and talk to God, you can maintain better balance in life.
Think about this, which is more important, what you say to God or what God says to you? The answer is obvious: it is much more important what God says to you than what you say to God. God's direction for life is what makes prayer such a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare.
An adage says, 'God gave us two ears and one mouth. Therefore, a person should listen twice as much as they talk.' This is good counsel for daily life. It is even better counsel for a powerful prayer life."
There are many prayers voiced every day by human beings. And most of them involve human beings doing most of the talking. I encourage you this week as you begin a new week at work to spend more time listening after you pray. As you increase your listening time with God, I believe as you learn more about who He is, it will deeply influence how you live for His purpose. But you cannot do His will without first hearing His word. That always requires faith, but it also involves spending the time necessary to listen attentively to the voice of the One who desires for your life to be blessed abundantly and eternally (John 10:10).
Perspective and balance are important in many things in life. They are essential in our personal relationship with the living Lord!
So, when someone says, 'pray'. Remember to listen attentively also. God will reveal Himself to you more personally than you have ever experienced!
Blessings for life in Christ,.