“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 KJV
Have you ever taken out time to pray and everything else you could be doing flashes through your mind? This is a tactic of the enemy and a constant battle between our spirit and our flesh. That is why a life of fervent, continuous prayers is a great way to mortify the flesh and focus on God.
From our anchor scripture, we see that prayer requires waiting on God, which is not always easy. In fact, it may feel like a waste of time sometimes, to just sit still and commune with God. However, when we know what prayer does in us, we will place more priority on it.
In prayer, we get to gaze at God and our longing for everything else dissipates. The Bible tells us of the 24 elders in heaven whose only duty is to worship God for eternity. Wow!
“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”” Revelation 4:10-11 KJV
Think about it! There is no day, night nor sense of time in heaven. They do not change the song on their lips. One song, one fascination, one focus: God!
Dear believer, if you truly gaze at God, not out of duty but delight, you will stay there. Nothing else will matter.
Picture two people who want to cut down a tree. One person immediately gets to work and starts hitting the tree. However, the second person spends more time sharpening his axe.
The latter may seem to waste time, but in the end, he will get the job done faster than the former. That’s how it is with prayer. Anything else calling for your attention is a distraction. Your success in the natural aspects of your life is only as good as your devotional life.
Joshua puts it this way to the Israelites:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 ESV
Beloved, you look like what you look at. Spend more time gazing at God in prayer and Bible study. If there is a lag in your devotion or you’ve not been seeing beauty in God, all you have to do is gaze.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 11:1-11, 2 Corinthians 4, Psalm 99, 1 Samuel 11-13.