In our American culture, many of us dash through life, going ninety miles an hour with no stop signs and no stoplights. Our ability to hear God is so diminished that we are not even aware of what we are missing. The God of creation desires intimate fellowship with His people and when we choose not to take time to listen, we cut off one source of God’s communication with us. Often we allow ministry to interfere with our intimacy with God. I serve with Impact Ministries, and we have printed out a definition of success for our staff so that there is no confusion about what is most important:
- Success is developing intimacy with God.
- An individual who is developing intimacy with God will make an impact in the Kingdom of God.
- A team of individuals who make an impact in the Kingdom of God will have a fruitful ministry.
We do not aim for “making an impact” and we do not aim for “fruitful ministries.” These two situations supernaturally occur when an individual develops intimacy with God. We cannot control “making an impact” and we cannot control “fruitful ministries,” but we have absolute control over developing intimacy with God. It is a matter of the heart. We must not allow “ministry for God” to crowd “intimacy with God” out of our lives.
–Adapted from The Path Toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
God of Creation, You desire intimate fellowship with me, Your child! Forgive me for allowing my busy life to crowd out my awareness of Your Presence within me and around me. Even things that are focused on impacting Your kingdom can lure me away from my connection to Your heart. Please pour constant awareness of all that You are into my life so that I might slow down to worship You with a heart filled with gratitude. Help me to remember that it is only when I am fully aware of You that my life and ministry will be fruitful for the sake of Your kingdom.
Praise the King for his powerful rule in this world, and that no plan of his can be thwarted (Job 42:2). Give thanks that this rule is evidenced around us and in us. Confess any doubts which you may have about God’s kingly power. Commit yourself to being a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing, as your spiritual worship to God (Rom. 12:1). Ask that you would “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (12:11).
Pray that unconditional love will be demonstrated clearly and consistently in your family relationships and friendships. Ask the Lord to give you a fuller appreciation for those whom he has placed in your life.
“Prayer is an end to isolation. It is living our daily life with someone; with him who alone can deliver us from solitude.” —Georges LeFevre
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend