When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Psalm 63:6
Communion with God is more important than anything else we do, no matter how urgent everything else feels.
I slipped and fell in the rain the other day, it ministered to me about my own personal life. I slipped and fell because I didn’t take the warning for rain and flooding too seriously: I had sneakers on and no umbrella. That morning I saw the umbrella by the foot of my bed… I didn’t put on the right shoes… but I thought, it’s not going to be so bad, I can manage… guess what, there were some consequences: I slipped and fell!
Nobody was around to notice and by God’s mercy I was able to get back up and keep it moving. But it did catch me off guard, it shocked me and made me feel a bit humiliated. I knew better but replaced precaution, with “I can manage”.
Precaution in the Spirit looks like:
- Bible study
- Prayer watches
- Spiritual Warfare
I recognize that I began to neglect my night time discipline to meditate, pray and watch. I was already tired and discouraged but I was no longer able to defend my position against Satan’s attacks, I lost strength in the battle and fell.
A good plan to stay spiritually strong is to study and meditate on the word, seek God and watch on a daily basis. Without commitment to spiritual disciplines, we will lose spiritual strength and stamina. When we are spiritually disciplined we are in sync with God: we discern the times and the seasons; we know what He is getting ready to do; we recognize what He is doing in us; and we know where the attacks would come from. The Lord wants us in prayer, seeking Him and keeping guard from enemies trying to infiltrate.
The enemy designs plans and devices against us, even as we sleep. Put it like this: each morning you wake up there are 2 agendas: Satan’s agenda, and God’s agenda. Will you be prepared to walk in the plan of God for the day? Will you be able to stand against the plans Satan has for you? Or will you end up playing tennis in the spiritual courts all day? Remember, prayer gives God the legal rights to move and fight on our behalf, in the same way that we give the enemy open doors to enter our lives!
Tomorrow, I’ll go in depth with what the Lord means when He tells us to meditate on His word.
Thank you Lord for your tender mercies, and your great patience with us. We ask you for forgiveness for any time we have neglected our spiritual disciplines, for whatever reason even those which have to do with serving in ministry. Today I ask you to help us rebuild our altars, and give us the wisdom, discernment and joy so that we can once again see your mighty power move in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. May we be thirsty in prayer, and not become prey to sin. May we clean or rebuild our altars and find grace and guidance for each of our lives, in Jesus’ name. Amen.