Yet Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.
Are you experiencing opposition in your prayer time? Perhaps the opposition comes before you even get out of bed in the morning to have your quiet time. We all face times where our prayers just don't seem to get through and the circumstances don't change for the better. In fact they seem to get worse. You could be facing resistance from the enemy.
For those that like equations, I have one for you that will help in breaking the resistance.
Consistent, Persistent, Insistence will break every Resistance
Today, we will look at consistency in prayer. Jesus was consistent in His prayer life. It was not ad hoc or only in times of distress. Jesus made time to pray to the Father consistently. In Acts 3 we read that Peter and John were going to the Temple at the time of prayer, 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The disciples of Jesus followed a pattern of consistent prayer. We also read that Cornelius, a Gentile believer also prayed at this hour consistently. As a result, he was positioned to hear from the Lord to call for Peter in Joppa. Peter, who was also praying at the same hour, was told to go and he preached the gospel to Cornelius's household. The Holy Spirit fell on them and they became the first Spirit-baptized Gentiles in the Church.
Paul in his letter to the Church in Colosse said, "Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving." (Col. 4:2). To be devoted to prayer is to prioritize prayer. If we prioritize prayer we will make it a consistent habit. Something we do when we feel like it or not because we are convinced of its importance.
God is looking for those that are available. If we are consistent in our prayer times, we position ourselves to be used by the Lord. We are showing up regularly to hear His voice. Why do you think the first line of attack is on the consistency of your prayer times?
In this month of Prayer:
Set times to pray and keep your appointments with the Lord (Shift break, lunch time?)
In these times of prayer, be consistent in offering thanksgiving to God.
Pray for the Spirit of prayer to increase in the Citywide Church of Ottawa
Pray for MCC to be known as a house of prayer, thus fulfilling the will of God for the Church.
Mark the Date: Jan. 14th - Online Prayer Summit. 7pm - 8:30pm EST
The online Praye Summit will kick off a 2 week period of prayer and fasting for the Church. Zoom Password: prayer