Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 7, 2017

Making Time For God

mar-7“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (NLT)

Born in Prussia in 1805, George Muller lived a sinful lifestyle and possessed a cold heart (by his own admission) until the night when God “began a work of grace” in him. Soon after, he surrendered to preaching the gospel. From the first message George Muller preached, he felt led to never ask anyone for money. He prayed for each need, refusing to even draw a salary from the church. He lived a life of absolute faith and trust in Christ for every shilling needed for the ministry, as well as his own personal needs.

Every page of his autobiography is a testimony to God’s provision. George Muller lived his life in service to God, but in the midst of his amazing journey is this quote: “I must offer a word of warning to believers. Often the work of the Lord itself may tempt us away from communion with Him. Public prayer will never make up for closet communion.” (The Autobiography of George Muller)

We live our lives today in fast-forward it seems. We sprint from activity to activity, even within the church community. Attending church services is what the writer of Hebrews (10:25) encourages us to do. Being an active part of a small group is beneficial; we are not meant to live life alone (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Setting aside time to serve in whatever ministry God has called us to is commendable (2 Timothy 4:5b). However, no ministering on behalf of the Lord should replace time spent alone with the Lord.

If a hero of the faith, someone who is known for his complete sacrifice to further the gospel of Christ, gives a warning, how can we not take heed? We must take the time (rather, we must make the time) to spend with God meditating on His Word, surrendering to His will, and hearing from Him in a personal way. Nothing else will satisfy more than time alone with Him. When we spend time alone with our Father, He meets us at our point of need.

 

“Lord, I commit to setting aside time with You in prayer. I thank You for the privilege we have to serve You in ministry; may I never allow opportunities for ministry replace my time alone with You.”

For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (http://staletoast.com)
TRBC Women’s Life

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