Encounter 4 TIME TO TALK
You know how good friends love to talk to each other. God, our heavenly Father, is ready for a heart-to-heart talk all the time. Conversation with God is a MUST!
TALK TO GOD: “God, I’m so glad we can talk anytime. Thank you that you’ll listen to my needs. Help me learn to listen to you. Amen.”
INVESTIGATE GOD’S WORD: Read Philippians 4:6-7 (Memorize verse 6)
MAKE IT PRACTICAL:
I WONDER – Read 1 Kings 3:3-14
With so many things out there you want, so many things you know you need, How do you know what to pray for?
Many people find themselves overwhelmed by what to pray for. They approach God like he’s a department store: so much to choose from, so little time to shop. Does that describe you?
God told Solomon that he would give him anything he wanted. All he had to do was ask for it. Solomon’s choice showed that the gift had already been given- he asked for wisdom. God not only gave him the wisdom he also added riches and honor as a bonus. (see 1 Kings 3:3-14)
Still wondering what to ask God for? You could follow Solomon’s example. Choose a request that will honor God and help others. You might pray for character qualities (like patience, self-control, gentleness) that will help you get along better with other people and will help point others toward Christ.
Another example is praying for the health of someone who is sick (James 5:14-16). When you have needs you should never be afraid to ask God to meet them. He loves to answer the prayers of his children! (see Luke 11:9-13). As you pray, just know that God has the right to answer whenever or however he chooses.
KEEP IT REAL – Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Have you ever wanted to grow in your walk with God and made promises to him such as vowing to give him quiet time every night?
Did things seem to go well for a while, you seem to understand everything you read in the Bible, you apply the Bible to your daily life, and you actually began to see changes in yourself? Didn’t that excite you? But then all of a sudden did you start going through a period of time when you didn’t seem to get anything out of the Bible, that cause you to rush through your studies with him, and even skip them altogether?
The excitement disappeared, didn’t it? Your daily life start to bombard you all over again, everything around you started becoming stressful, rushing to get to work, home, to daycare for your kids, dinner, bills paid. Ect… You may have thought God knows my heart, he knows I’m busy with everything, and he knows when things lighten up I’ll start back in my studies again.
(Pay close attention to Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 I prefer reading it in New Living Translation (NLT) it’s a huge WAKE-UP call!)
Remember that YOU vowed to spend time with God every day and that it was God you are treating rudely by rushing through your time with him. Your attitude is all wrong! Having quiet time isn’t like some chore you have to do, it’s a privilege to meet with the awesome God of the universe! Ask God to forgive you for your attitude, and thank him for speaking to you through his word.
EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS (Journal Time): How can you put these ideas presented here into action in your own life? Commit yourself to spend at least 3 minutes in prayer every day. In your Journal, keep a record of your prayer request and answers. Tell God thank you for those answers.