WHY SHOULD YOU PRAY & SPEND TIME WITH GOD ? (continued)
■ BECAUSE YOUR CHILDREN & FAMILY NEED YOUR PRAYERS; HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW THEY'LL TURN OUT ? HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THEY'LL STAY ON THE PATH THAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR THEM AND CHOOSE TO LOVE HIM AND SERVE HIM ALL THEIR LIVES ?
- James Dobson, founder of Focus On The Family, tells the story of how his great great grand-father prayed for years that the next 4 generations in his family would all be Godly people and love and serve the Lord throughout their lives. Late in his life God assured him that this would happen. Every male in his family in the next 4 generations became a pastor, and every female became a pastor’s wife. James Dobson went on to be the founder of Focus On The Family.
■ BECAUSE YOU HAVE MUCH TO ACCOMPLISH ; YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH FAR MORE FOR GOD IN YOUR SERVICE, FAR MORE AT HOME, FAR MORE AT WORK,... IF YOU TURN IT OVER TO GOD FIRST, LET HIM RUN THE SHOW & LEAD YOU, AND LET HIM WORK THROUGH YOU. (see ISAIAH 26:12)
“I AM THE VINE AND YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. IF A MAN REMAINS IN ME AND I IN HIM, HE WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.” - JOHN 15:5
“Abide” or “remain” in Jesus means to live in vital unity with Him. You need to have an on-going intimate relationship with Jesus in order to be a fruitful disciple of His, and to have the abundant and meaningful and fruitful life that God wants you to have.
“ The supernatural power of God can accomplish far more than the combined fleshly efforts of sincere Christians.” - Henry Blackaby / “Experiencing God”
“When we try to do the work of God in our own ways, we will never see the mighty power of God in what we do.” - Henry Blackaby / “Experiencing God”
“ O LORD, GOD OF OUR FATHERS, ARE YOU NOT THE GOD WHO IS IN HEAVEN ? YOU RULE OVER ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE NATIONS. POWER AND MIGHT ARE IN YOUR HAND, AND NO ONE CAN WITHSTAND YOU... FOR WE HAVE NO POWER TO FACE THIS VAST ENEMY THAT IS ATTACKING US. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU.” - 2 CHRONICLES 20:6, 12
“THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN IS POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE." - JAMES 5:16b
"I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH." - PHILIPPIANS 4:13
A right and intimate fellowship with God, and a heart that is committed to God and to prayer and the things of God is the key to having a full and fruitful and victorious life. When you fully surrender yourself to Jesus and let Him set the agenda for your life, then He is able to fill and control and direct you, and He will do everything with you and through you. When you decide to continually do this you will begin to see Jesus do immeasurably more than all you ask and imagine (see Eph. 3:20-21), and God will be greatly glorified through your life.