Today’s Focus: Prayer and Fasting
All of us in our finite condition struggle to grasp the magnificence of the infinite Creator of the Universe. The Scriptures reveal God as a spaceless, timeless, immaterial and super-powerful, and personal Being that you can not only know, but you can connect with on a daily basis. Communication through prayer is one of the most important vehicles mankind can connect with this Creator. In order to truly understand prayer, you must first realize that God really is listening and paying attention to you. Though you cannot see Him with your physical eyes, rest assured, your words are not hitting the ceiling or falling on deaf ears. Your prayers are being heard. You really can have confidence when you go to God in prayer today. As you come to the Lord with repentant spirit and a willingness to obey, you will move closer to His heart and His will for your life.
Before you engage the Lord in prayer, understand that God accepts you just as you are. In spite of your frailty, mistakes, and struggles, He is not reluctant to talk to you or hesitant to communicate with you. He continually offers genuine opportunities to discover His presence in your life by helping you with your weaknesses.
“Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy,” Jude 24
Today, before you engage God you must also understand that when you pray, you have complete access to God. In just a few moments, you have the privilege of coming into the presence of the God of this universe. This week, you may not have access to many of the important people in this world, but you do have access to God.
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2
As you make time to pray today, pay attention to the presence of God. As you adore Him, confess to Him, offer thanks to Him and pray for people and issues in your life, God’s face actually turns toward you and he listens to what you are saying. It really is amazing that the God of all Creation is inviting you to talk to Him today.
Finally, before you engage God today you need to understand that it is OK to ask God to meet the needs you have in your life.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
If you ask, God hears. He really cares about the circumstances in your life. He really does want you to bring your needs to Him. Now, for the next 20-minutes, you are challenged to genuinely communicate with God by walking through the following exercise.
Step 1: Choose a place where you will not be interrupted by anyone or anything.
Step 2: Bring the following items with you:
- A Journal
- A watch so you can monitor your time.
Step 3: Use the following plan as a guide.
Adoration – “the act of worshiping or paying the greatest honor.” 5 minutes
- Adoration is different from thanksgiving. Adoration is praising God for who He is and the character qualities He has.
- Read Psalms 19.
- Write down statements of adoration about God.
Confession – “the admission or acknowledgment of a secret, fault, etc.” 5 minutes
- Be honest. It is impossible to hide anything from God. Don’t worry, He loves you and will help you through all of your weaknesses.
- Psalms 51 is a good example of confession. Read it and pray certain parts to God.
- Write down the sins you need to confess to God.
Thanksgiving – “the act of giving thanks.” 5 minutes
- Thanksgiving is thanking God for what He has done for you.
- Psalms 100 is a good example of thanksgiving.
- Write down reasons you are thankful.
Supplication – “the act of asking, begging or imploring urgently” 5 minutes
- Supplication is praying for other people.
- Proverbs 15:8/Proverbs 15:29
- Write out a prayer list of things or people in your life.
- Write specific requests because specific requests get specific answers.