Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” An God granted his request. -1 Chron. 4:10 NIV
The secret to prolonged productivity...
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to be more productive in some area of your life, I have a secret: making prayer a daily habit releases the enabling that makes hard tasks easy.
It is so easy to make prayer an exercise for prayer warriors but this is a mistake. You don’t have to be the praying mother of the church to diligently exercise the power of prayer in your life. God always meets us where we are in our walk with Him. The goal is not someone else’s prayer life. The goal is go where God takes us in your own prayer life. While I admire the discipline of Hannah, Jabez prayed a simple prayer and God answered and blessed him.
Don’t fear the journey of a closer relationship with God. Don’t let those who have “hijacked spirituality” - that is, made it a mystical, spooky thing - deter you from a deeper relationship with God. Spirituality is simply an acknowledgment that my life is better with God involved with the affairs of life.
Developing a daily habit of setting a time and place to pray is a powerful discipline that leads to increased productivity because you are inviting God into planning of the day, every task, the resources needed to complete the task and so on (I Cor. 3:9)
I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. I am moving into a new dimension in my spiritual walk this year. I embrace a deeper relationship with the Father and will develop a daily habit of a place and time to pray. I will have a more productive year.
1. Plan the place and time for your daily habit of prayer. Begin with a few minutes and add on as you progress.
2. You can use recordings of your favorite hymns and worship songs, include a scripture passage, and an inspirational reading.
3. Begin your prayer with thanksgiving; present your request to Lord, include prayers for others, the nation, and the world; and end with quiet time of meditation.