Prayer Takes Time

Be still and know that I am God…(Psalm 46:10).

We live in an “instant” generation. We live in a technological society that can fulfill our desires immediately. We have everything from instant potatoes to instant reports on the stock market.

But there is no instant fellowship with God. We cannot rush in and out of God’s presence. Prayer takes time. We must learn, as Psalm 46:10 says, to be still and know that He is God.

There are two important aspects to communion with God. First, we must understand that we have access to communion with the Father only through Jesus. Second, we must learn to wait upon the Lord and meditate on His Word.

–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippitt

Lord, I am always in such a hurry!  Sometimes my awareness of Your Presence suffers because I allow life to crowd out what is truly important.  Give me a continual desire to slow down and be still before You. 

Prayer Points

Focus on Jn. 15:1-17 for the next few days. Praise your Father, who is the gardener of your soul. Thank Jesus for being the true vine which nourishes and gives life to the branches. Confess moments when you’ve tried to sever your relationship to Jesus in some way. Commit yourself to welcoming God’s pruning in your life despite the pain it might bring. Ask God to make you more fruitful as you live for him.

Ask that your fruit-bearing will be attractive to unsaved people you know. Pray that they will “taste [of that fruit] and see that the LORD is good” (Ps. 34:8).

Prayer Pointer

“God rules the world through the prayers of his people.” —Anonymous

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

Leave a Reply