Monday, October 22, 2012

Keeping Your Windows Open

As a preacher's wife, I sometimes get convicted by own husband's sermons. This is a little humbling. Well, yesterday, my hubby preached an powerful sermon.

In Daniel 6, we learn about Daniel's strong prayer life. Daniel 6:10:   "and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime."

Daniel had a PLACE, a TIME and a PURPOSE.   He would kneel in front of the window, three times a day and give thanks. We can learn from him.

Do we have a place?

 Matthew 6:6 says "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
There are many "closets":  your bedroom, a couch in the living room, anywhere where you can completely tune out the world and all distractions, and quietly and humbly come before the throne of God.  Do you have a specific place where you can focus ONLY on God?  Most people can say "I can pray whenever wherever" and this is true, but having that specific time will help us get in a GOOD habit of spending time with GOD.

Do you have a time?

This is also key. We need to have a set time everyday. This may be morning, afternoon or night;  it's not the "whenever" that's important, it's the when. Get a time, and build that habit.

Do you have a purpose?

What is your purpose? Is God your purpose? Is glorifying Him your purpose? Is thanking Him for what you have your purpose?
Remember communication is KEY to any relationship and of course this is so true of our relationship with God. We need that daily talk and walk with him.
On an end note, it's not the habit of prayer that's important, it's the spirit of prayer. So let's keep our windows open so that we can let the breath of God in, while building good habits of daily prayer.

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