Recently, I've been trying many different ways to share my faith with the community I'm trying to reach with the gospel. I've been putting together strategic plans, meetings, phone calls, eblasts, twitter, facebook, instagram and even hand-to-hand combat...Lol. But I was missing one thing.....PRAYER!
I didn't take the time to birth what needed to be done in prayer. You see, my generation can read a book and go to great conferences, but God want us to spend time birthing all we do in prayer. That's right, spending time in intercessory prayer is the key to any successful ministry. How is it that we can labor for hours putting a plan together, and not even consult the One who gave us the blueprint in the first place?
Think about it: before you talk to someone, you want to make sure you are saying the right things, and the only way to get those right things to say is through prayer. Sure, you can quote God's Word, but you still need His power and wisdom on what to say in the moment. You can give people a brochure, but the most important thing is that they feel the Presence of God, because the Bible says its God's Spirit that draws people to Himself. Our spirit needs to be in line with God's Spirit, and that only comes from spending time with Him.
Lastly, prayer is the very foundation before work in the ministry is ever done. It cuts down the amount of mistakes and frustrations we experience in ministry. The Lord gives us DIRECTION, so why would we want to move without His instructions and strength?
What I am saying is simple, but it's also the most underrated area in ministry today. I pray you spend more of your time with God than anything else. Retreat at times like Jesus. Start early in the morning in prayer, before you serve God's people like Jesus. When you do, your effectiveness in the Kindgom of God will be powerful!
Pray before you move, because you don't want to move without Him.
To not move without Him, you need to know Him and have Him.
To know Him, you have to spend time with Him.
To spend time with Him, you have to pray.
*Matthew 6:5-15/Before you start your day
*Romans 8:26-30/When you pray