Spending time in prayer – Prayer for October 22. Praise the Lord everybody! The dictionary says the act of consecrating is dedication to the service and worship of a deity. Many Christians honor God with a day or two of fasting and consecration every week, but lately they find themselves doing more of one, and less of the other.
Bible Verse for Today
“And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
Many of us have been dedicating a day to the service and worship of God, but now we find ourselves doing more “fasting” and less “consecrating”. We find ourselves more and more carrying on our usual everyday routine and spending less and less time in prayer, meditation, and worship, we just don’t eat.
In the above scripture Jesus was telling His disciples and us that to be His followers we must commit our lives to Him daily. Daily forsaking our old lives and living every day in consecrated service to God. In truth, we cannot pick and choose which days we will be consecrated and which days we will not. God was letting us know that the things we do when we call ourselves “consecrating,” we should be doing these things every day.
Does that mean we have to be walking around all day looking stern, trying to convey a pious attitude? No, the joy of the Lord is our strength. But our joy should be in Him always. We need to stop trying to replace it with worldly joy when we feel the world is having what seems like more fun, Jesus was living a consecrated life every day.
Jesus tells us in John 4:34: “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” Jesus said this to His disciples after they saw that He appeared tired and hungry, and they had been imploring Him to eat. Jesus was tired and hungry, but Jesus found joy and contentment.
Spending time in prayer:
- Part of our daily consecration should be that as soon as we open our eyes in the morning we should give thanks and determine to do God’s will that day.
- Spending time in prayer should be our sustaining force throughout the day, fasting or not.
- We must remain determined to daily live our lives “consecrated” in service and in the worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God bless you all!
Spending Time in Prayer Prayer for Today
Father God, forgive us for our slackness concerning our consecration to you. Lord, help us to be more vigilant in our seeking of you in our worship and our fasting. Lord, we promise to spend more time in prayer every day. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.