This week we are exploring the purpose of prayer in our “Becoming” and today will extend our conversation to include praying for our purpose. More on that in a moment but first, when we last spoke, I hope you’ll recall this part of the discussion.
Practice makes perfect. The old adage holds true especially when considering our daily commitments to ourselves. Just like your workout routine, think of prayer as an added form of exercise, in which the results are guaranteed.
Now for exercise to be effective, we know it has to be done earnestly and regularly. That’s why the first step in developing our prayer life is to continuously engage in it.
A strong well developed prayer life is truly the foundation for the arrival of nothing less than miracles along our shared paths.
Prayer is the process of “abiding in Him” ( John 15:4-5 ).
When we participate in open, honest, steadfast prayer it is more than talking. It also involves listening. To pray involves listening with our hearts, for in doing so our Spirit is transformed. That is a time of joyous celebration and revelation that we are truly “Becoming”.
“Rejoice in the Lord always…”, the simple phrase in Phillipians not only reassures us, but also directs us to not be anxious, worried or overly concerned about anything, because in every situation by prayer with thanksgiving we can make our requests, cast our cares and / or cry out for help from the Lord.
When we do, the Peace of Christ will be with us, in us and all around us. That strengthens us, secures us, stabilizes our situations and selves, lifting our minds, hearts and spirits. I can’t speak for you, but it not only sounds pretty good to me, it has been amazing in my life.
A prayerful intercession will be healing, calming, strengthening, building, growing and most of all “Becoming”.
Of major importance in developing our prayer life is to be actively seeking to be in God’s presence. It is there we find peace and calm, the answers to our needs and the source of our strength.
These are all traits necessary for helping us to identify our purpose in “Becoming”. It is through inspiration, guidance and seeking of wisdom that Promises are revealed to us. In understanding and accepting these understandings in how we are able to comprehend and accept our path. The reason why we are here and what that means for us at this given time. Our paths will never be straight, they will twist and turn, but they are still leaving to one destination. The reason we were created.
What yours is, I can not say, because it is uniquely yours. We can guide, encourage and assist one another, but in order to put ‘your’ plan in motion, you will need to seek direction from the Source then pray for wisdom to acknowledge and receive it.
In Jeremiah 29:11 we read the words of the Lord, “For I know the plans I have for you.” They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Finding and accepting a Purpose Driven Life is not a new concept, but that’s because it is a time-tested proven commodity. Living a life on purpose in accordance with God’s will is ultimately the greatest reward.
Pastor Rick Warren wrote, “you’ll find the answers to three of life’s most important questions:
- The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
- The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
- The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?”
Also in his study he notes, “Before you were born, God already planned your life. God longs for you to discover the life he created you to live–here on earth, and forever in eternity”.
Warren also wrote that as you begin to explore you will discover the five benefits of knowing your purpose:
- It will explain the meaning of your life.
- It will simplify your life.
- It will focus your life.
- It will increase your motivation.
- It will prepare you for eternity.
All of which to me, seem very “Becoming”.
So now what? Dive into your strength. You are only limited by your own thoughts. Create a shift in your thinking; allow yourself to live the life you want. Ask for ( and receive) the support of the highest power.
Developing your prayer life empowers you. When we do we are strengthened lifting our minds, hearts and spirits. So I urge you to take a prayerful intercession. Asking the Lord to help reveal your life’s purpose will be healing, calming, strengthening, building, growing and most of all “Becoming”.
After you ponder your answers we’ll be here for you. Tomorrow we’ll explore how to build momentum in achieving our objectives on “Becoming Today”.