By Sandy Jones
A wise man recently shared with me that if you only have 10 minutes to pray, use the first 8 to pray through worship and use words for the remaining 2.
He was not proposing that was how anyone’s prayer life should look all the time, but if one was limited on time, and needed to feel truly connected, this might be an optimal solution.
It’s no secret that I love what I do. I’m passionate about Christian Living Ministries – all of it – every single facet of all the ministries that fall under our main title. But the fact of the matter is, somedays I feel like I’m meeting myself coming and going.
I had been talking with this gentleman about my prayer life, and how somedays I am so excited that I jump into ministry with both feet, and find myself neglecting my personal relationship with The Lord. Most definitely not what I want my prayer life to look like.
I decided to take his advice and modify it slightly. Instead of turning on the television in the morning while I’m getting ready for the day, I now turn on a worship playlist I’ve built over time (funny how this streaming service remembers all the songs I’ve ever looked up to play).
I find myself belting out longtime favorites, as well as some new ones, while powdering my nose and curling all of this hair! I sing genuine praises to God. Sometimes I try to imagine what it would be like to be right there, in Heaven, praising Him with my whole heart!
Funny thing is – all those long lists of prayer requests that I’ve always had, some of which I’ve prayed over and over, every single day – suddenly I’m seeing answers to those prayers, while others I no longer feel the burden of need to pray over. Some days I go into prayer and find that all I want or need is to simply spend time with Him. What a refreshing change. My stress and anxiety levels are considerably less than they’ve been in years.
I’m not suggesting that everyone give up their prayer life, nor saying that I’m giving up mine. Quite the contrary – if anything, this has turned my worship time into additional prayer time. I feel like I have a new understanding of Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
To say that 2020 has been a unique year would be an understatement. It’s been a year of uncertainty, of strife, of things we would never have imagined a year ago. I know I was not the only one who was amazed by how fast things dramatically changed. And yet, by giving God the glory, I’ve found peace. The peace He promises.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
As we go into the holiday season I pray for you, our readers, to find His peace. When the enemy distracts you with things of this world, I pray you’ll turn to worshipping God, The Father, The Prince of Peace, The Alpha & Omega, The Bright Morning Star, the rider known as Faithful and True, whose name is The Word of God.
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Until next time…