As a Christian, I have heard quite a number of sermons and teachings over the years about finding our purpose in God. This can cause some confusion or worry for believers especially if they think they haven’t yet found their purpose. If that is how you feel today then can I encourage you to remember and refocus on our primary purpose which is to glorify God.
That is what I have been taught over the years. That man’s purpose is to glorify God. It is my understanding that there is no greater way to honour and glorify God than in believing on His son, Jesus Christ who was sent by the Father to save us from our sins, taking up our cross daily and following Jesus. Living our lives each day as Jesus showed us.
A key part of glorifying God is in and through our prayer lives. If I want to glorify God then I must humble myself and pray. God on the throne in my life. Prayer reminds me daily that God is on the throne. God who is mighty and powerful loves us and cares for us. God leads us and guides us as we pray. Prayer is so beneficial. I have not found or ever heard a good reason not to pray.
Prayer is so powerful and it brings about change as God hears and answers. We align ourselves with God’s purposes and plans. His Kingdom reigns in us. Jesus taught his followers how to pray. Yet my experience is that we can easily forget and neglect to prioritise prayer in our lives. It can be so easy when we are busy to sacrifice our prayer lives to other things when the first priority should be prayer and reading God’s Word.
I have been so challenged about my prayer life since reading dear brother Alan’s post on Prayer Warriors Needed. So I had to do something in response to that challenge. I have had a good look at my prayer life and found it is lacking in terms of the time and energy I give to prayer. I could make excuses but I won’t. You may wonder what I mean, as if you follow and read my blogs, you will know that I do pray, seek God and hear from him. I am blessed with spiritual gifts but I know in my heart and I discern the conviction of the Holy Spirit to really consider more deeply my prayer life and to prioritise it. I accept that my prayer life has not been glorifying to God. There is so much more. Forgive me Lord.
I was also reminded of a series of teachings I did many years ago on prayer, which I am encouraged to re-work as bite sized blog posts to encourage us and help others to pray. I hope these coming posts will help other believers to understand more about prayer and develop a lifestyle of prayer. Passionate Prayerful People.
Before we realise it sometimes, we can get caught up with teachings or books promoting the latest “best thing” or “new thing” in Christian living especially if there is a hunger for God and the power of the Holy Spirit to move in and through us for His glory and the salvation of souls.
I am not criticising those things (unless of course they are false teachings which then please clearly avoid) but firstly, can I recommend that we take stock of where we are. Have a self examination. Let us ask ourselves. How is my prayer life? If like me you have found it is not what it once was or you haven’t yet developed a prayer life then focus on change in that area. Prioritise developing a healthy and powerful life of prayer which will revolutionise not only your life but I believe also the lives of those around you. Let’s become Passionate Powerful Prayers.
Bless you my friends.