Wednesday, February 12, 2014
“Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. …So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you—even Jesus” ~ Acts 3:1, 19-20.
The hour of prayer. Father, I have become so accustomed to praying to and being with You throughout the day that I no longer set aside a specific time for prayer. Lately You have been calling me back to that hour of deliberate discipline. Father, I pray for You to instruct and call my heart to that hour of daily prayer so that out of it may come opportunity to come to one heart with You on the issues of life that are before us.
Jesus once told the disciples that there is a kind of evil that does not come out without much prayer (and fasting). A deliberate discipline of time with You that will turn our hearts to repentance, change of mind and purpose, is vital in our day, and the hour of prayer is one of Your instruments for working that purpose. That hour also brings times of refreshing, so we may recover from the effects of the heat of life that often comes upon us and be revived with the fresh breath of Your Spirit. And that hour of prayer increases for us the sure understanding and experience of the very presence of Jesus in our lives, strengthening us with power and authority for our day.
So here am I, O God. Help me to keep the constant communication going, but also help me to return to the hour of deliberate discipline in seeking Your face for the need of our day in every area of life. In Jesus, Lord, I come. Amen.
And Jesus said, “”So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” ~ Matthew 26:40-41.
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Your kingdom come quickly, Your will be done the same on earth as it is in heaven ~ Bethel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FCel-VnX6k&list=PLfiEjLIYhJ9AfidNKH4ify2vg0Z5t-SSj&index=4