Is prayer a priority for you? Have you made the necessary adjustment to your schedule? This past weekend, I spoke at a leadership training event about time management. In essence, none of us can manage our time; however, we can manage ourselves to accomplish what God asks us to do in the time He gives us. We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day.
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise me but as wise, making the most of your time for the days are evil.” —Ephesians 5:15, 16
How does this happen? It takes focus, intention, and discipline. Through time in His word coupled with dialogue with God, we can learn and discern the plans God has for us. Jennifer Kennedy Dean said, “What God wants to do on the earth, He will do through intercessors. When God wants to change the course events will take on their own, He searches out an intercessor on whose heart He can place His desires.” Will you be the one? “Teach us, Lord, to number our days; that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” —Psalm 90:12
God is looking for people who will pray. God is searching for hearts willing to be consumed and do things His way—to pray first. God wants His will to be done through intercessors who plead the case of the request. These concerned hearts submerge themselves in caring about what God cares about: the person, circumstances, even when things a messy, for God’s glory. Pray first, praise next. As we walk in the spirit and submit to the authority of the mind of Christ, we anticipate God’s will to be done as we see God’s glory in the answers to prayer. John 15:4 says, “Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
“Without prayer we dare not step out to do God’s work, because He Himself has his own plan and strategy. And as we pray, the Holy Spirit leads us to have the burden of god. The Holy Spirit makes us have the power of God, to do the work of God, in His own strategy and then we will see the fruit.” —Florence Uboa of the Women’s Ministry of the Ghana Congress of Evangelization
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting us to pray. Help us to connect with you by prayer and develop our prayer senses so we can understand how to pray. Lord, teach us to pray. Thank you for your prayer book: the Bible. I pray the prayer in Colossians 1:9-10: “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” In Jesus’ Name, amen.