Time and again, I find a divine reset needed in my life. I’m sure we’ve all felt this way, and we know it is easier said than done. Personally, I have been feeling stuck on autopilot for several weeks. And it seems as if the off switch has gotten stuck! Wow…
As much as I try to just push through, I’ve found the most helpful action to take is to get away from the distractions. It seems that getting away to a quiet place apart from the distractions of life is a must.
Once we’ve gotten to our prayer closet or other getaway spot, the second key is in quieting our souls and the distractions of our minds.
Finally, we focus on just being with God. The true peace we need is found only in Jesus after all. It is in cultivating intimacy with Him through simply resting quietly in His presence, engaging in personal prayer, and thinking on His beautiful heart toward us.
In the midst of all this, I found a book which came out only a day before I discovered it! The writer, Ed Cyzewski, an evangelical Christian, was struggling in a similar way. He speaks of what I mention above and the role of contemplative prayer in the life of a believer.
You’ll appreciate this book even more if:
- You feel like you can never do enough for God or in life.
- You just don’t feel good enough at times.
- You simply need quiet in your soul.
- You desire a deeper connection to our God who is love and life.
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The main ministry I am a part of is both a local church and a regional house of prayer. It may seem odd to some, but yes, we are not one or the other, but find our identity as both.
As a local fellowship, we meet weekly on Sunday mornings. We fellowship, worship, and receive teaching and preaching. We are equipped in the Word of God for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13).
As a regional house of prayer though not 24/7, we set aside focused time for worship and prayer. We gather to worship Jesus and pray God’s heart for our region, individuals, and the world.
In worship we choose to exalt Jesus to first place in our lives. Only from the place of prayer and worship can we effectively reach our communities.
Prayer is found in intimate relationship with God. As Mike Bickle of IHOPKC often shares, prayer is when we agree with what God wants to do. Worship is when we agree with who God is.
The Lord Himself said that His house shall be a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13). More and more we see the Lord stirring His people with a desire to worship and pray without ceasing. This is to be our foundation:
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.”
Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)
The Lord desires believers united in one heart and one mind. Jesus prayed for us to be known by the unity we have with God and each other (John 17:21).
I’m convinced some of the greatest in the Kingdom of God are those we’ve never heard of and who perhaps are often stuck at home unable to do much that seems worthy to the world.
Yet they pray. And pray. And pray. Then lean and lean some more into the King of kings. Perhaps you are one of these, beloved of God?
They are warriors in the Spirit, always interceding.
They may never see the results of their prayers this side of Heaven. Nonetheless, heaps of people touched by their intercession await them in a grand homecoming.
Your prayers are effective! What does His Word say?
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” James 5:16 (AMP)
When you feel there is nothing you can do for God, lean into Jesus and pray. Pray His Word and pray in the Spirit. Ask Him for His heart and pray, pray, pray.
You are affecting far more than you know for the Kingdom.