Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday In The Word

A friend gave me a sign that I have hanging in a prominent place in my house, it reads,


The power of prayer has marked my life.

I have seen God's hand move in difficult circumstances, people healed, lives changed, hearts changed, the ordinary become extraordinary, a little become a lot and just an aimless day turn into one of purpose because of prayer to the Almighty God.

Moses was a man of prayer. Read this in Exodus 33:

7" Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting." Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. 11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent."

Moses knew that he could not lead people without the direction that God had to give him. He didn't even try. If we look closely we see and can shout from our rooftop :

We have to make an intentional decision to be alone with God.

We have to have a designated place (hopefully quiet).

In that place we have to seek the face of God and no one else.

Moses is an example to us of the power that we can all receive from time with God. This scripture says that Moses talked to God as a man talks to a friend. He didn't read from a book, recite a memorized prayer or ask someone else to talk to God for Him. He spoke to God face to face. Is it possible that we are missing power and direction in our life because we are not consciously turning to the only ONE that can give it.?

The Bible tells us that Moses not only talked to God as a friend but He found favor with God. Who of us is not looking for favor? If you are trying to do something to earn God's favor, please stop and just seek His face through prayer. See what happens and then share it with the rest of us. I know that you will know a peace and power that you have never known before.

I have to start my day with prayer, end my day with prayer and saturate every minute in between with prayer because I have learned that without prayer my life is powerless.

God does Answer Knee Mail.

I am praying for you.



Aundrea-aka Zerbert Baby said...

Thank you again for your encouraging words. I was wondering what kind of quiet time did you get when the kids were young? The reason I ask is that I feel guilty when I don't spend a certain amount of time or even miss a day if I don't arise early. I am hoping I am not the only one who struggles with this.

glenda said...

Of course you are not the only one that struggles with this. I have done everything from having a little time when my children were napping, to getting up early, waking up in the middle of the night or just having a little time before I went to bed. I eventually saw my time with God so important to my life that I have my time early before my day gets started. However, God looks at the heart and that is all He cares about. I truly believe that all He cares about is a heart turned toward Him. I am quite sure that God does not care about our legalistic systems or our rigid schedules. So, I guess the answer is whatever works for you. You are free in Christ and the last thing that God wants you to feel is quilt over weather you have spent this much time or that much time. So relax and ask Him to provide you the time. You may be surprised when it is. Ruth Graham used to say when her children were small that she would just leave her Bible open and some days she would just read one scripture when she walked by and that seemed to be all she would have time for that day.
On the subject of prayer I think the most important thing is to make it personal and face to face with the Almighty God. He cares about everything in your life. You can meet with Him anywhere and anytime.
Sorry this is so long.
Love ya.

HPS said...

Today in Bible Study, we talked about something our Pastor mentioned on Sunday...I wasn't there when He said it so I'm probably going to butcher it but it was something to the effect that "our knees will become feeble if we don't stay on them." It immediately reminded me of your "knee mail" sign and this post.

Thank you for reminding us that God can't answer us if we don't go to Him. I've learned the hard way that my strongest attempt will be weak if it hasn't been bathed in prayer to Him.

I also appreciate your response to Aundrea b/c I think that is a guilt so many moms struggle with. I know I have and I love what Ruth used to say. :)

glenda said...

I wasn't there to hear the Pastor say that. It is amazing to me how God weaves so many things together.

Melanie Dorsey said...

A good word!