WHY SHOULD YOU PRAY & SPEND TIME WITH GOD ? (continued)
■ WHENEVER JESUS NEEDED TO KNOW GOD’S AGENDA AND THEN ACCOMPLISH IT, HE PRAYED. HE DID THIS DAILY:
Jesus gave you an excellent example you need to follow. In John 5:19-20 and 30 Jesus said that apart from God’s power he could do nothing. This shows that he was fully human during his life here on earth. He also said that he lived to do His Father’s will and to please Him (see John 4:34), because his motive for all he did was out of love for God. If Jesus needed to pray and seek God’s agenda and plans, and then have to depend on God to provide the strength and power, then so will you. When you live in complete intimacy and unity with God, He will be able to accomplish supernatural things through you (see John 14:10-14)
"ONE OF THOSE DAYS JESUS WENT OUT TO A MOUNTAINSIDE TO PRAY AND SPENT THE NIGHT PRAYING TO GOD. WHEN MORNING CAME, HE CALLED HIS DISCIPLES TO HIM AND CHOSE TWELVE OF THEM..." — LUKE 6:12-13
- THE KEY TO TIME MANAGEMENT: (Charles Stanley)
“You won’t find a Bible passage that says that Jesus rushed or ran. He never dashed to keep an appointment or scrambled to finish a task. He did exactly what He needed to do in just the right amount of time-- never early, never late. He was never too busy to meet unexpected needs. For a Savior with so much to do in so short a time, this unhurried approach may seem surprising. Three years was all He had to complete His ministry. And constantly the needy crowds were pushing to get to Him, desperately seeking His attention. What was His secret ? Jesus knew who sustained Him and kept Him on track. “He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.”(v.12) It was God the Father who set His pace and directed every step. As a result, spending time with God was more important to Jesus than anything else. The next day He was refreshed and ready to begin the Sermon on the Mount. The key to Time Management is time spent with God. When you give God first place each day in prayer and reading his Word, He helps you discern what’s important to Him and accomplish it on time. Are you letting God set your agenda ? His schedule is always best.
■ BECAUSE YOUR NATION NEEDS PRAYER, AND NEEDS GOD TO MOVE IN PEOPLE’S HEARTS & LIVES. OUR NATION NEEDS GOD’S PEOPLE TO HUMBLE THEMSELVES, FERVENTLY PRAY & SEEK GOD AGAIN, AND TURN COMPLETELY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY BACK TO HIM ( 2 CHRON. 7:13-14)
"Judgment in this life may be remedial, and bring you back to a right relationship with God, or final, displaying His wrath against your sin and leaving no opportunity for repentance. God can use natural disasters, human conflict, disease... to bring judgment. God's discipline seeks to lead you to cry for help, repent, and experience revival." -Henry Blackaby
Our nation desperately needs you (and all of God’s people) to turn fully back to Him, to live the way God wants you to, and to fervently pray and intercede for your nation and the lost people in it. Your nation and world desperately need to see God pour out a spirit of revival in His people, and a spiritual awakening so that many many lost people will come to know Christ and avoid judgement.