”Keep me from paying attention to what is worthless; be good to me, as you have promised . . . I want to obey your commands; give me new life, for you are righteous” (Psalm 119:37, 40 GNT).
So if you’re going to commit to learning how to pray effectively, you’d better buckle up! Our hearts need a spiritual awakening. The church needs revival. Our nation needs God. Things happen when people start praying together.
LEARN TO LISTEN TO ME even while you are listening to other people. As they open their souls to your scrutiny, you are on holy ground. You need the help of My Spirit to respond appropriately. Ask Him to think through you, live through you, love through you. My own Being is alive within you in the Person of the Holy Spirit. If you respond to others’ needs through your unaided thought processes, you offer them dry crumbs. When the Spirit empowers your listening and speaking, My streams of living water flow through you to other people. Be a channel of My Love, Joy, and Peace by listening to Me
as you listen to others.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
EXODUS 3 : 5
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not
1 CORINTHIANS 6 : 19
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the
Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not
yet been glorified.
JOHN 7 : 38 – 39
Fully Alive When Helping Others
At the end of your life on earth you will stand before God, and he is going to evaluate how well you served others with your life.
Think about the implications of that. One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others.
At that point, all our excuses for self-centeredness will sound hollow: “I was too busy,” or “I had my own goals,” or “I was preoccupied with working, having fun, or preparing for retirement.” To all excuses God will respond, “Sorry, wrong answer. I created, saved, and called you and commanded you to live a life of service. What part did you not understand?”
The truth is, we are only fully alive when we’re helping others. Jesus said, “If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35 LB)
This truth is so important that it is repeated five times in the Gospels. If you are not serving, you are just existing — because life is meant for ministry. God wants you to learn to love and serve others unselfishly.