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Spend Time with God

Dear Friends,
When we look at our schedules we can get overwhelmed at how much there is to do, how many commitments we have in our lives (both from work and from family), and how little time we have left over for ourselves. But we need to also “schedule” time with the Lord for He is the only source of true strength and refreshing. Today’s devotional reminds us to spend time alone with God. Enjoy!

Spend Time Alone with God
#185
Mark 1:35 (NLT)

The next morning Jesus awoke long before daybreak and went out alone into the wilderness to pray.

Praying before the day began was a common practice of Jesus. He often went alone to pray, just to be with His Father. By being with God, He got refreshed, renewed, and strengthened to continue His mission. Jesus gave us an example of how we can accomplish our mission here on earth.

Each one of us has a mission appointed by God that only we can fulfill. But we need to spend time with Him in order to follow His direction and to have the spiritual and physical strength we need to do His will. Sometimes, we are so tired we just need to be in His presence and wait for Him to speak to us. We need to rest in Him and quietly worship Him. Other times, we need to cry out for help and dump all of our problems and frustrations on Him. There will also be times of celebration when everything is going well. We must not forget to meet God in those moments too; celebrate with Him, and thank Him. That pleases Him.

Even if you don’t have a place of wilderness in your home, choose a place where you can meet Him regularly. Soon that place will become like a sanctuary, where you go and rest in God. You need to be aware of God’s presence in everything you do and include Him in your daily life. You also need time alone where you give Him your undivided attention, where you can talk to Him without interruptions and listen to His heart. This is the only way you will be able to accomplish what He’s called you to do. When you are refreshed spiritually you are better able to focus on your work and experience more success in your job.

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Dear Friends,
The end of year and beginning of a new one can be sometimes overwhelming at work. If we add to that the holidays and anything else that is going on in our lives we end up over loaded and burnt out. Today I want to encourage you to ask God for help first, before you get to the point of feeling overwhelmed. Ask Him to give you the grace to get through the mountain of things you have in front of you and He will help you. Today’s devotional encourages us to seek Him first and pray fervently. Enjoy!

Go to God First and Pray Fervently
#158

James 5:16
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has a great power and wonderful results (NLT).

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (KJV).

When we become born again we are made righteous by the grace of God. He listens to our prayers and responds.

Whenever you have a need of any kind, pray first. Ask God for wisdom, grace, strength, favor, peace—whatever you need—and He will help you. Always examine your heart to make sure your motives are right. Then pray with fervency from your heart, not casually, but with passion. The Bible tells us it is that kind of prayer that has power and brings wonderful results.

In your job, when your workload is overwhelming, pray for God to help you by multiplying your time and giving you ideas to become more efficient. When you are out of balance and work has taken over your life, ask God to help you prioritize your priorities and bring you back to balance. Don’t leave prayer as your last option because nothing else worked. Go to God first and apply this principle to every area of your life.

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