Structure and consistency are important

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Mighty Prevailing Prayer”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Yet he often withdrew to deserted places and prayed.” Luke 5:16 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Structure and consistency are important”
 
Have you seen the 2015 movie, “The War Room”? Or, perhaps you’ve read the book. Both are excellent. The main character in “The War Room” is an older Christian lady by the name of Miss Clara. Clara is a committed prayer warrior and her practice of persistent prayer is powerful and contagious.
 
Clara’s “war room” is her place of prayer. It’s a special little room that’s reserved for her prayer time. It is secluded, quiet, and personal. In it she has lots of notes and pictures and stories about the people she’s praying for, and she also has mementos, pictures, stories, and letters regarding answered prayers and the resulting spiritual victories. As the story unfolds, we see Clara’s intercessory prayers for others having a powerful impact in the lives of numerous people. And also, her example inspires others to establish their own “war rooms” and to become powerful pray-ers themselves.
 
One of the keys to Clara’s success as a mighty prevailing pray-er was structure and consistency. She had a regular place to pray, she had regular times of prayer, she had lists and pictures and notes to guide her praying, and she was faithful to it. The structure and the consistency were keys to her effectiveness in prayer.
 
We humans thrive on structure and consistency in all areas of life, and that applies to our prayer lives too. Although we can and should pray spontaneously as well, it helps immensely if we also have regular times of scheduled prayer. And, it helps to have a designated place you go to for your prayer time – a place that is secluded, quiet, and conducive to prayer. Keeping a prayer list with notes is very helpful, and looking at pictures of the people you’re praying for adds depth and meaning to your prayers.
 
Luke 5:16 tells us that Jesus often withdrew to secluded places for sustained times of prayer. That means that it was His habit to do so. There was a time, there was a place, and there was consistency.
 
Structure and consistency are two of the elements that help to make a person a mighty prevailing prayer warrior. You will be a better pray-er if you are structured and consistent about it.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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