Pray & Seek God's Heart - December 2013
My favorite time of the day is the morning, soon after I get out of bed as I sit with a cup of coffee, reading my Bible, meditating on a specific Scripture, and praying. I strive to walk through each day in intimacy with the Lord, but I must admit, I get distracted. But that time when I sit and think slowly on a specific Scripture, talking with God is so very precious. It is much easier to stay focused on the Lord then, not getting distracted by the things of the day that will come. Let me share a few thoughts from my journal as I sought to talk and to listen with our Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior, our Guide and Counselor. He continually teaches me, corrects, guides me, and loves me. How very precious He is.
One morning I was thinking/meditating on 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” The Lord reminded/challenged me to not just be a person of talk, even if it is all talk about Him and His love for all people. We are to be living by His power. I am to be living-active, not just existing. The Spirit then reminded me of 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” I am not to be fearful or timid, especially as to how other people may react to me, or to say things about me (much of my life I have tended to be a people pleaser). I am to reflect His love, serve in His power, and be self-disciplined in how I live my life. If I am to have God’s power at work within me, I must live a surrendered, obedient, and trusting life.
The next morning I was meditating on 1 Thessalonians 5: 19, “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit reminded me of the conversation we had the previous morning. Don’t talk, but walk the talk and live in His power. I was also reminded that every believer has been given spiritual gifts we are to use to encourage and build up the Body of Christ. When I fail to listen to the Holy Spirit, I stifle His work in and through me. I was reminded of the Ephesian 3 passage which tells us God’s plan for each of us is immeasurably more than we can dream or imagine. God has a purpose for each person. He wants me to succeed in it. I must listen to the Holy Spirit within and live (not stifle) in obedience using His power, all to the Lord’s glory.
I am so encouraged to know God loves me so, is patient with me, and has a plan for me. He wants an intimate relationship with me, He teaches, reteaches, guides and uses me. What a GREAT blessing. As I pray and seek God’s heart, He reveals more and more of Himself. He desires our intimate time with Him. Our prayer life must make time to listen and learn as well as laying our concerns before our Heavenly Father.
Praying and seeking God’s heart with you - that we would be a blessing to this valley and beyond,