Text(s) for today: Read Ps. 23:6; Matt. 6:32-33; 1 Tim 4:7-9, 15-16

“And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus went out into the mountain to prayer, and continued all night (tarried) in prayer to God.”  Luke 6:12 KJV

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“…(Jesus) continued all night in prayer to God.” Lk 6: 12 KJV

“…exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little  (ie. has some benefit/value) : but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is (i.e. it is essential for a fruitful earthly life) and of that which is to come (it is also beneficial for the life hereafter). This is a faithful saying (true saying, i.e. it is absolutely true) and worthy of all acceptance,” says the manual for life (Bible) in 1 Tim 4:7-9. Praise God!

Although the manual says we should rather do spiritual training, yet not all have taken heed to this instruction. Indeed, several folks have no regard for this divine truth which Bible says is ‘worthy of all acceptance’ (i.e. this truth which can be trusted and so it deserves complete acceptance). It is manifest in the amount of time people spend in doing other things (watching movies, chatting on-line, working for money, academic studies, etc.) relative to the amount of time spent on spiritual exercise (praying, fasting, etc).

Prayer, for many today is two to three lines or one to two minutes duration per day. Some even forfeit this meager prayer daily. Others can’t recollect their last personal fast (not collective fast like a church fast).As for having devotion (like the way you’re doing right now), it’s completely out of the picture. A few have devotions once in a blue moon, i.e. when they have the time.

This is very awful and unacceptable. Beloved, you must understand that it’s important to spend time with the Lord irrespective of your (busy) schedule. The importance of prayer cannot be overemphasized. Prayer is time spent with your Father. Why do things the hard way when it could have been much easier by spending quality time with your father? Why start something and desert it (because of challenges) when you could have completed it by talking regularly with Daddy?

In as much as prayer enables us to be able to fulfill our callings/ambitions, we should not lose sight of the fact that prayer is ALSO an instruction from scriptures which ought to be obeyed whether we want something from God or not. Prayer is not an option for a Christian. Having your quiet-time with the Lord is not either. It is not a suggestion or a view or something you do when you have time (or when conditions are convenient); it is a divine obligation. Let’s learn to be like our senior brother (Jesus) who continues all night in prayer to Godalthough He was the son of God (and could have thought that it was unnecessary)Have a daily prayer plan today and make sure you follow it all through all year round. As you do that, all other things you have been pursuing will begin pursuing you (Matt. 6:32-33, Ps 23:6).

Prayer & Confessions

LORD I thank you so much for the Word today. Please help me spend quality time with you daily, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

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