2. Prayer: Fellowship With The Lord
Daily devotional time with the Lord is meant to be personal. It is a time to come before the Lord in an open-hearted, honest way – to come humbly to Him in worship each day.
It is our opportunity to enjoy a one-to-one relationship with God our Father. We can experience the loving, searching, transforming work of God through the Holy Spirit that will impact our entire being – body, soul and spirit.
- Prayer Prepares Us For The Day
We must press back the busyness and demands of this life in order to make time with the Lord a priority each day. We know of course that to miss a time of daily devotion with the Lord does not mean the rest of the day is doomed to failure. Our trust is in the One to Whom we pray, not just in our prayers. God is faithful to help us any time we turn to Him.
It is true, however, that some problems might be avoided and others more easily overcome when we have been fully prepared through our morning prayers.
While our times of personal devotion are a blessing to us, they also bring great pleasure to the Lord. He really wants to be with us, and cares for us very much.
What an honor and privilege is ours to greet the Lord each day, and to know that He desires to be involved in our lives. May we daily honor His presence by our conversations with Him in prayer.
B. A PATTERN FOR DAILY PRAYER
There are four important parts to daily devotions.
The following outline gives a brief description of each. They will be explained in more detail throughout the remainder of this article.
This outline is not intended as a formula to rigidly follow or a course to complete in a measured time. It is a guideline for you to follow at your own pace or adapt to your situation. The important thing is to begin your daily devotional journey with God; the following will help you do that.
THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE –OFFERING UP YOURSELF
- Daily purpose in praise.
- Offer up your body to the Lord.
- Sing a new song.
- Worship in the Spirit.
CONFESSION AND CLEANSING –OFFERING UP YOUR HEART
- Invite a search.
- Don’t be deceived.
- Set a guard.
- Keep the goal in view.
ORDER AND OBEDIENCE –OFFERING UP YOUR DAY
- Surrender your day to God.
- Show childlike need.
- Ask for specific guidance.
- Obey instructions.
FAMILY AND CHURCH –OFFERING UP THOSE NEAR AND DEAR
- Name immediate family daily.
- Open to your larger family.
- Remember the Father’s family.
- Include “the single.”
The remainder of this article will follow the above outline in our study together.