TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
Prayer (1)Psalm 65:2 NKJ
Homework, facebook, twitter, TV, PS3, music, sorting the sock-drawer. Now we've given you enough things to do instead of praying, here's one good reason to start praying: to get to know God better.
A pastor of a mega-church admitted that for many years he preached more than he practiced prayer, until one day God pulled him up on it: 'It has been twenty years since I began taking time to pray. My life has been transformed. The greatest fulfilment hasn't been the list of miraculous answers to prayer I've received, although that has been wonderful; the greatest thrill has been the quality of difference in my relationship with God. When I started to pray I didn't know what was going to happen. God and I used to be rather casually related to one another. We didn't get together and talk very much. Now, however, we get together a lot, not talking on the run, but carrying on substantial, soul-searching conversations every morning for a good chunk of time. I feel as if I've gotten to know God a lot better since I started praying.'
Martin Luther said, 'I have often learned more in one prayer than I have been able to glean from much reading and reflection.' Do you want to know God better? The answer is found in prayer.
You could set your alarm clock an hour earlier for tomorrow morning. Keep your Bible next to your bed, and start the day off by reading a psalm and praying for an hour or so.