30-Day Prayer Challenge, Day 19

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42 ESV).

Thoughts On Yesterday’s Challenge

As I’m sure some of you can testify, life happens. Circumstances sometimes dictate our time and attention, and we find ourselves at the end of the day. Exhausted. Empty.

I hate that I’m not always present when I do make the time for quiet prayer. I begin a sentence and, three or four words in, my mind is a thousand miles away. I pull myself back, but there always seem to be more distractions.

When that happens–and it almost always happens to some extent–we need to keep on bringing our thoughts back to the Lord and our prayers. We need to train our minds through continual effort to focus on Him.

When we fail. We pick ourselves up. We brush ourselves off. And we follow Jesus.

Continue the set-apart quiet time of 5 minutes or more in prayer. Continue seeking God’s direction twice a day for two minutes, one is seeking and one in listening. And through the weekend continue your prayers without praying for yourself (He’s got your back, this week and always).

The Verse

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42 ESV).

It’s no secret that we need sound, biblical teaching. And Christianity is best done in community. And who doesn’t like a good potluck?!?

Yet as important as all of those things are, without devoting ourselves to prayer we will never find the deep relationship with God for which we long.

We can pick up bits and pieces about who God is from teaching and fellowship. We can even understand the things that are important to Him. But if we fail to seek him diligently we fail to know Him!

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13 ESV).

There is no secret formula. There isn’t a checklist. You can’t purchase a relationship and get it shipped free in two days with Heaven Prime.

Why did I become a Christian? Why did you? If it’s not in our hearts to know Him, we have chosen the right path for the wrong reasons. From Genesis to Revelation, the story plays out–all of the things that God has done, the Law, Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection–all so that we can have relationship with Him.

Christianity is not a fire extinguisher. Relationship with God makes us fireproof!

And we find that relationship through prayer.

Blessings on your weekend!

 

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