Sunday isn’t Enough

Sunday isn’t enough.

Church on Sunday just isn’t enough to live a strong Christian life.

You have to make prayer a daily habit.
You have to make reading the Bible a daily habit.
You have to make prayer not only a daily habit, but an ongoing conversation throughout the day.

Prayer isn’t a box to check in the morning, or a box to check before you go to bed. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) says, “Pray without ceasing.”

The verse calls us into conversation with God throughout the day.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be anything other than authentic conversation with God.

“Lord, I don’t know why this situation is happening, but I lift it up to you. You’re in full control. I commit it to you. In Jesus name.”

“Lord, I pray for guidance and wisdom going into this meeting.”

“Lord, I thank you for keeping my family safe. I pray for your continued hedge of protection around them.”

“Lord, Bob is frustrating me today, I pray you give me empathy, as he may be going through a tough situation I don’t know the details of.”

Just let your conversation with God flow throughout each day.

He’ll guide you.
He’ll give you wisdom.
He’ll give you direction.
He’ll put peace in your heart to help you make the right decisions.
He’ll put an uneasy feeling in your heart to help steer you away from making the wrong decisions.

And the closer your relationship with God, the more in tune you’ll be with feeling His will for your life.

How do you have a closer relationship with God?
By pursuing Him!

The choice is yours.

James 4:8 (NKJV) says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. …”

It’s a beautiful blessing that our level of closeness to God has nothing to do with where we were born, how much or little money we have, what we look like, or anything else like that.

It’s simply a choice we can each make to pursue God, to draw near to Him through consistent prayer, and consistent reading of the Bible, and He’ll draw near to us.

And if consistent prayer, and consistent reading of the Bible isn’t a habit for you, force it at first.

Make it a conscious habit for a week or for a month.

Set reminders, make it a priority, because if you don’t, other things will steal your attention.

Once you get some consistency through a concentrated effort… it will become easier.

It will become less of a conscious effort, and more of a natural way of living your day-to-day life.

You’ll start to feel like you’re missing something when you don’t read the Bible, and you’ll feel a thirst quenched when you do.

And like a snowball that gains momentum and size, your consistency will grow your faith, and grow your relationship with God.

That’s the path that will take you to your God-given purpose.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV) says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. …”

Be loyal to God!
Pursue a close relationship with Him!
And watch God work in your life in mighty ways!

That’s the life I want!
That’s the life that’s available to you!

The choice is yours!

-Steinar Skipsnes

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