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September 7th, 2007

Spiritual Toolbox (2)

How’s your prayer life? Are you spending unhurried time alone with God? Your ministry effectiveness will never rise above the level of your daily intimacy with God.

Habit #2:  A daily practice of meeting with God in prayer

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 (NIV)

Jesus is the ultimate model to follow. He demonstrated the daily habit of communing with God in prayer. He exemplified the epitome of an abiding relationship with God.

Notice that Jesus got up early in the morning to connect with God. When are you at your best? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Whenever you are at your best is really the best time to have a special meeting with God in prayer.

Where is the best place for you to connect with God in prayer? In his book, Sacred Pathways, Gary Thomas identifies nine different ways that people best connect with God. For example, you may best connect with God in solitude, or outdoors, or with worship music playing. Discover what works for you. What environment helps you to focus on God in prayer?

Let me give you some tracks to run on to assist you in your daily practice of meeting with God in prayer.

1)  Setup a time. Make a daily appointment with God.

2)  Select a place. Find an environment that enables you to focus.

3)  Secure a plan. Consider learning how to pray through the Tabernacle. 
               –(See my online devotionals [8.06.07-8.13.07] “Seven Steps to Intimacy” at championforest.org)

There’s nothing like having unbroken fellowship with God.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, September 7th, 2007 at 1:00 am
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