Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
From studying the Bible, I truly believe that God loves praise and adoration through heartfelt prayers. Certainly there are other ways of worshipping God; even so, the highest form of reverence that we can give is to form a deep relationship, by constantly communicating with God through prayer.
Our relationship with God is high maintenance which means we must do our part every day, all-day-long for spiritual growth. We are unable to sustain a meaningful relationship based on our prayers from yesterday. God says, “If you do your part, then I will do mine.”
Nothing comes as a surprise to God! Prayer enables us to have peace, and the strength to overcome all of life’s stressors.
Do you remember the biblical story of the three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were thrown in the fiery furnace? They did not beg for the King’s mercy; in fact, they remained calm and firm in their faith, believing that God would save them from the fiery furnace. However, they boldly told King Nebuchadnezzar even if God did not save them, that they would never bow to his golden image-the idol.
If only our faith strengthened to the point where we are steadfast and immovable regardless of stressors, situations, or tribulations. We can reach that point in our spiritual lives! Our challenge is to start talking to God as if He is your best friend sitting in front of you or beside you.
Pray as if your life depends on it. We may never face a literal fiery furnace; however, we will eventually come to a crossroads in our lives where we must choose God or else. We must be aware that it takes our everything to serve God!
Begin today by increasing your talk time with God and when you are faced with the decision to lose–even if it is your life, you will be able to boldly say, ” My God will deliver me, but even if He does not, I will never go against Him.”
Bible Reading: Daniel 3
Prayer for today: Dear God, We worship You and we praise your Holy name. We ask you to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. O God, we desire to draw closer to you, to have the immovable faith of the Hebrew boys, that when we are faced with our fiery furnaces in life, that we never bow down as we boldly proclaim, “Our God will deliver us!” We trust you God and we will remain faithful even if it means loss of our lives. We believe and ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019