“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you” (John 15:16 ESV).
Week 2 Challenge
For the next seven days, your challenge is to add four minutes to your daily prayer time with a focus on seeking direction and moving in that direction. I’m not simply referring to your life direction, although that is a part of it. I’d like you to seek direction on what God wants you to do today.
The addition of four minutes of prayer time should not be during your regular prayer time, however (although feel free to add to that time as well!). Take two 2-minute breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and ask God if there is any one thing He wants you to do today, or someone with whom He wants you to talk today. Spend one minute asking and one minute listening.
You will likely find that all kinds of other thoughts will flood your mind as you try to listen. Do your best to weed out the thoughts that you know are not God’s responses to your prayer. Thoughts about what you should have for lunch. Thoughts about your work. Etc.
Be open to His guidance. Perhaps he will direct you to a verse of scripture; spend some time meditating on it. Does it give you direction? Maybe you will sense the Holy Spirit’s conviction about a sin in your life that you need to deal with.
Whatever it is, make every effort to deal with it as quickly as possible.
God’s will for us is that we bear lasting fruit. But as long as we live without being able to distinguish the Lord’s voice, we will likely be fruitless. And according to the above verse, lasting fruit is key to getting our prayers answered!
So it follows, that if we want to have our prayers answered, we should pray that God would help us learn to hear His voice, and that He would speak into our lives with regard to how He wants us, as individuals, to act and bear fruit.
I trust that you all were able to set aside time for five minutes of conversation with God each day last week. While I didn’t always pray at the time I had designated, I did manage to pray five minutes each day. Some days my prayers seemed to revolve around me; while others were mostly about others.
Some days I didn’t feel like praying, but I prayed anyway. I suppose it is just like in our human relationships; sometimes we don’t feel like talking, but communication is key to a good relationship with someone.
Blessings on your week! Don’t forget, two 2-minute prayer breaks across your days in addition to the daily 5-minute prayer time. Focus on asking how God wants to use you to bear fruit today!