Mark Affleck

My Dinner Prayer Came Up SHORT…Again

August 26, 2021
Spiritual Growth

God clearly calls Christians to pray over their meals.

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Luke 24:30

But he wants so much more from us when it comes to PRAYER.

He wants us to be praying every day and, eventually, going into deep prayer on a regular basis while in SOLITUDE with him.

This has always been a HUGE CHALLENGE for me. Early in my faith walk, I thought praying was telling someone in the hospital you would pray for them. That was it! There was never a prayer. Just the gesture. Oh, brother.
It took far too long, but eventually God’s idea of regular and extended prayer became planted in my heart and expressed in my faith.
In the midst of our hectic scramble through life, it is a spiritual imperative and glorious blessing to spend extended time alone with God in prayer. Spiritual growth follows in a cycle that builds momentum with each prayer.
All of this starts with God’s call for us to be in fellowship with Jesus. “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
Once I am in that space of fellowship with God, asking questions becomes the power the propels my prayers. I regularly ask him the same two questions that the Apostle Paul asked on the road to Damascus (Acts 22:6-10).

ONE: “Who are you, Lord?” The Lord replied: “I am Jesus.”

Asking this question during our daily time in prayer–Who are you, Lord?–prompts us to continually, and forever, seek to know more about who God is.

TWO: “What shall I do, Lord?” The Lord answered: “Go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.”

Asking this question–What shall I do, Lord?—unveils God’s ever-evolving purpose for us and reveals what he would have us do with our life on earth.

Prayer is not a spiritual duty. It is a sacred privilege.

I ask God to keep me grounded in prayer on a daily basis so I can know more and more about who he is and what he would have me do for him and his Kingdom.

When was the last time you were praying and asked God these two questions: 1) “Who are you, Lord?” and 2) “What shall I do, Lord?”

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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