SEPTEMBER 18

Hey my friend,

I’m so grateful that you keep making time to pray. I know Jesus is really happy with your effort and faithfulness. For whatever reason, my body woke me up really early today… 4:00 AM to be exact. Do you ever have days like that? It seems to happen to me more now than ever before.

As I laid there in bed, I asked the Lord to help me fall back asleep. He didn’t help me fall back asleep, so I assumed He was waiting for me in my office. Sleep is very important, but sometimes God has other things in mind.

Don’t you just wish you could see into the mind of God to know what is most important to Him? In instances like that, I often ask, “God, would you rather me go back to sleep, or get up and pray?”

Prayer is one of the greatest conduits for knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Prayer helps us align our hearts and minds to the things of God. I love this powerful prayer from The Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:9:

“I pray that your love will overflow more and more and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you will live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.”

When we understand what matters to God, we are more likely to live for God. Sometimes we stress over things that don’t really matter, and then other times we don’t concern ourselves with things that really do matter to God.

Would you take a moment to pray for yourself and those around you to overflow with God’s love, as well as for knowledge and understanding? 

Also, let’s pray that The Holy Spirit helps us become more aware of what really matters to the heart of God.

You might pray something like this…

“Holy Spirit, please come and fill me up with the Father’s love today. Help me to grow in understanding. Give me eyes to see what truly matters in this life.

I pray for my friends and family. Help me shine your light and point people to Jesus. I pray that you would help my life be pure and blameless, so that I can represent you well. 

Please help our church be a source of life to our community.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Have a great day!

With love,

Pastor Andy


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