God expects us to be good stewards of all He has given us and to show our love for Him by offering our first and our best to Him. Giving God our best is a reflection of our relationship with Him; if we don’t think much of Him and what He has done, we are probably not going to give easily or generously.
God has given us a comfort that is greater than anything the culture, other religions, or our own preferences and desires can provide. When we experience the uncomfortable, we can trust in God’s promises of what is to come. There’s a reason behind the uncomfortable aspects of the Christian faith, and by embracing those challenges we’re able to get a fuller picture of who God is and the redemptive work he’s doing in our world.
What if we gave up the “dream church”? What if we stopped trying to find fault with our Christian community and instead embraced the discomfort? In order to know God and be known by His people, we must reject the consumerist church-hunting mindset, lay our preferences down, enter into the awkwardness, and die to our own desires—just like Jesus did. We need to tell God this morning that we give up the idea that we need a community to worship Him but rather we embrace the idea of living stones. We will be a place, together, that He can come and live!
In its essence, meditation is simply the practice of listening to God’s voice as He speaks through His Word and prayer. It is this crucial element that makes our prayer life a two-way conversation rather than a one-way monologue. Meditation is the intentional act of listening to God. We must come to Bible study and prayer expecting to hear a personal word from a personal God.
Far too many of us devote the vast majority of our prayer time to personal prayers that are mostly temporal and have little to do with eternal issues. Yet, our true spiritual growth and service will not exceed the depth of your personal petitions and intercessions. Pray for yourself. Petition God to be that man or woman who will stand in the gap. Then step out and do it through intercession.
The link between powerful prayer and happiness is the act of confession. Ask the Lord to search you and find any wicked way in you. Then take a moment and let Him speak. If you feel something is wrong and your prayer life is ineffective go through the list of each category one at a time and give God time to speak to your heart.