Today Pastor Travis continued our message series about prayer and reminded us that our prayer should focus on the day at hand. We are not to fret over what has taken place in the past or worry about events of the future, but to receive guidance and perspective for today, that we may respond in a godly way to the people and circumstances we meet.
1. Dialed-in prayer is joining the conversation that is already taking place in the spiritual world.
God is having a conversation about us and by dialing in, we align our hearts and minds with what God is already saying and doing.
2. Join the conversation in heaven by declaring, listening, and asking in accordance with the conversation in progress.
Our goal is to be in agreement with God’s thoughts and words, which we do by declaring His truth (not making up our own “truths”), listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and asking according to His will and purposes. Our Father desires us to come to Him; imagine what could happen in our lives and how our circumstances could be affected if we truly believed we could tap into His power.
3. Focus your prayers on today’s troubles, not tomorrow’s.
We do this well by praying first, rather than acting or speaking first and then asking God to bless our decisions. Prayer needs to be our first response, not our last resort. Before we send that email, before we make that phone call, before we post that picture to social media, let’s pray for wisdom and guidance.
Prayer needs to be our first response, not our last resort.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This verse doesn’t suggest that we should hide away in our rooms all day and pray, but rather that we cover every aspect of our lives in prayer.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34
Jesus instructs us to focus on the day at hand, rather than what has already passed or what lies ahead. We don’t need to imagine the worst and blow things out of proportion! Focus on today and submit to God’s guidance today.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” Exodus 16:3-5
Just as God provided bread from heaven every day for the Israelites in the wilderness, He promises to provide for us today. His provision is not given to fill the storehouses to overflowing so that we’ll never have to rely on Him or anyone else again - rather, it is enough for the day and He promises to provide more tomorrow.
4. Join the conversation on behalf of those in your tent. John 14:12
This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’” Exodus 16:16
Sometimes we can get so full of ourselves and worried about ourselves that there is no time or space to think about anyone else’s needs. But God asks us to focus on the day at hand and not to worry about everything in the future. In this way, we’ll have time to tend to the needs and provisions of those around us. God has placed people within your reach and He desires that we would see them and care for them as He does.
Who is “in your tent” today? Who is in your sphere of influence? On whose behalf can you approach God and make petitions? Ask God to reveal these people to you:
A – Family ______________, _____________, ______________, ______________
B - Friends _____________, ______________, ______________, ______________
C - Co-workers ____________, ____________, _____________, ______________
D – Enemies _______________, _____________, _____________, _____________
E – Neighbors _____________, ____________, _____________, ______________
God, I know that You love him.
You have a plan for her life.
Jesus died for him.
The devil is criticizing her.
The Holy Spirit and Jesus are praying for him.
God, I know that You are stirring her heart.
I know that You want me to join You in Your efforts to draw him close to You.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” Revelation 2:7
What is the Spirit saying?_____________________________________________
Provision for today’s needs:
Give me an unselfish heart for others’ well-being.
Give me an unselfish heart focused on serving others. Give me a passion to esteem them better than myself.
Pastor Travis left us with a challenging question: what do you believe about God’s character and ability? Will you dare to pray big prayers and trust that He is big enough to handle them in ways that seem impossible to you?
God is accessible and approachable because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. He desires for us to come to Him -- to declare, listen and ask!
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Heb 4:15