From what is Christ calling you away? To what is He calling you? Is there something He is addressing in your life?
7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
The LORD’s voice is plain and evident in a Christian’s life. It’s how we came to Him in the first place: He spoke to us, convicting us of sin, and asking us to give ourselves to Him. He came into our lives and has been part of us ever since.
In your relationship with Him, have you made yourself available to Him on a regular basis? Have you honed the weapon of prayer? Let’s look at some ways to sharpen our prayer lives:
- Praise– Praise is telling God who He is. It’s a confession and acknowledgement of His attributes and deeds. One of those deeds was to save us, therefore we sing about our salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.
- Listening– Listening for God to speak is not easy. We are an impatient people. There are so many things that have our attention that He waits until we clear our minds of those things–that takes time!
- Waiting– In time, He will prompt us to pray for a certain thing, event or person; He may prompt us to address a certain issue in our lives; He may call us to pray over someone. This “Season of Prayer” is very important to the people of God, His Church. In fact, it is the MAIN EVENT in worship.
They [the remaining disciples] all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the [men,] women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers [120 people in all]. Acts 1:14 Ten days later and while they were meeting, Pentecost happened! Read it in Acts 2.
A little later, Peter healed the lame man at the temple gate and Peter and John were called before the Sanhedrin (religious powers). They were threatened to not speak about Jesus. they went back to their group and had a prayer meeting, praising the LORD for the privilege to testify on His behalf. Here’s what happened:
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
So, how do we get back to prayer in our churches? All my life, church has been about honoring God, but mostly from a third person aspect. We laud Him, but from a distance. I would like to change that. I’m not sure how, but I’m trusting God to lead me. I KNOW He is leading Bryan, my pastor. Please pray for us as we seek His will in this matter.
In the meantime, join me in prayer every chance we get to meet together. Pray for me as I pray for you:
Abba, I lift up my brothers and sisters in Christ today that this day will be one of special importance to them, for it is the day that You call them to a higher and closer walk with You. May You make Yourself plain and evident to them. Speak to them even as You did Moses, “With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD.” Numbers 12:8. I know it can be scary, but experiencing You gives us hope for today and bright hope for the future! Give them–give us!–as taste of Your glory, LORD. It’s addictive and I cannot get enough!!! Amen–for now.