Posts Tagged ‘spiritual discipline’

  

The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the Lord; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭10‬:‭21‬ NIV)

Peter Wagner once surveyed 572 pastors across America regarding their prayer lives and found that, on average, they prayed about 22 minutes each day. About 57% prayed less than 20 minutes, 34% prayed more than 20 minutes, but only 9% prayed more than an hour. The conclusion: While there are many reasons that a church doesn’t grow – location, sacred cows, poor facilities, etc. – but perhaps the greatest reason is prayerlessness!

The great missionary Hudson Taylor once remarked, “The power of prayer has never been fully tried in any church. If we want to see the mighty wonders of divine grace and power, instead of weakness and disappointment, the whole church must accept God’s standing challenge: ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.'” (Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭3‬ KJV)

Don’t go another day without assessing your prayer life and making changes. No one has ever “prayed too much”! Take time today and see the difference! You are loved! 

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Then the LORD called out again, ‘Samuel!’ Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?'” (1 Samuel‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ NLT)

Around 1998-99, my father called me, said he had been praying and the Lord had impressed on him to sell his stocks quickly and believed I should to. When I called my accountant, himself a minister, he called me crazy because the market was really high. Torn between the two, I sided with my Dad and was glad I did! A few weeks later, the market crashed but out investments were safe.

When it comes to hearing God, Oswald Chambers once remarked, “God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, ‘I wonder if that is God’s voice?'” It’s not that God longs to be mysterious or misunderstood, but that we would take the extra time and effort to be still and listen to Him for further information instead of assuming and moving in self-reasoning.

Hearing and understanding God takes time and practice. Although it requires effort, it is important for us to learn this facet of spiritual discipline. Don’t let God be a mystery! He wants you to know how much you are loved!