Prayer Takes Time

Connect Image Dec 2014Be 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.

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. 

–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

Prayer Points

Praise God even in your weakness, believing that in Christ, when you are weak, then you are strong (2 Cor. 12:10). Thank God for opportunities to serve him with perseverance and purpose. Confess those times when you chose to believe that spiritual power comes from within you. Commit yourself to appropriate “boasting” in your weaknesses so that Christ’s power might be made even more evident in your life (12:9). Ask God to help you “delight” even in the tough times of life.

Pray that Christians in every part of the globe will be strengthened to do battle with the evil spiritual forces that are at work in our world. Pray for an outpouring of God’s power throughout his church worldwide.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend 

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Advent – Day 7

“I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders” (Psalm 9:1).

“I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever” (Psalm 86:12).

Lord, prepare our hearts to praise You!  You are worthy of all of our praise.  May we tell of Your wonders and glorify Your name as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child.

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