My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. ~ Psalms 5:3 kjvI woke up at 5:33 this morning. Not something that I particularly do on a Saturday morning. I usually try to sleep in at least an hour longer. But, I seized the opportunity at hand to — Pray! I think there are lots of quiet moments that we miss out on when we could be praying. Seize those opportunities! I opened up my prayer journal this morning. On a separate page I drew a large circle. In the very center, I drew a small circle and wrote “God’s Will“. My ultimate goal is to seek His will. I’m praying that He directs each of my steps. Being Day 2, I now have 2 things in my circle that I’m keeping in constant prayer. You certainly don’t have to have any number of things in your prayer circle. Just let God lead you about what should be in that circle. I have my regular prayer list as well. My prayer circle is something that I’m going to be in a continual process of praying about. You decide how you want to do your prayer challenge. My intention here is simply to encourage someone out there to start praying! And those who are already praying — to pray more!
How should we start praying?God’s Word says:
We should enter into His gates with thanksgiving and praise! I believe this sets our attitude aright…and instead of whining we’re ready to have a gracious, thankful heart when we start reflecting on the goodness of the Lord.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~ Psalms 100:4
Day 2Your Divine assignments are established by God. Be a vessel; be willing to be used of God. Be watchful of the opportunities that God places before you. Pray that God will direct your paths. Pray that He will make you aware of those opportunities. Ask Him to open the right doors; pray that He will place you in the right path of those who need your encouragement and those who need to hear the gospel.
My added thoughts: I believe prayer and soul winning go hand in hand. We shouldn’t be soul winning without prayer. (We need very much the Holy Spirit to be our Partner.) And prayer without soul winning seems to have no heart. I believe the Lord burdens our heart for others who are lost when we pray like we should. Yes, we need to pray for the needy, the sick, the broken-hearted, etc. But who’s in the worst jeopardy of all? Those without Christ! Here’s some more quotes from Mark Batterson’s book…
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9
“We don’t doubt God’s ability to keep the planets in orbit, but we have a difficult time believing He can keep our lives in orbit.” “We already trust God for the big things; now we need to trust Him for the little things…” “When we act on those prayer promptings, the Grandmaster can use a single pawn to checkmate the enemy’s plans.” “Only God can make the appointment, but only you can keep the appointment.” “God wants us to get where God wants us to go more than we want to get where God wants us to go. And He is awfully good at getting us there.”