FaceTime with God Pt.2 – It Must Become a Priority
Exodus 33:11 NIV The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 Message Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to- face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.
Priorities – A priority is anything to which we give first place, in order of importance. It is that which is most productive and beneficial to us. The things that matter most.
If you are too busy for FaceTime with God, then you’re too busy.
”I just don’t have the time” is the excuse we hear so often. Every person has exactly the same amount of time each week – 168 hours.
-You make time for things that are important
-You don’t have time for everything – you must make time for things that count. It’s not a matter of time, it’s a matter of priorities.
Put God first in your life and day and you will have more time! Don’t allow anything to rob you of your time with God. It’s your number 1 spiritual priority.
“We don’t drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.” Andy Stanley
Matthew 22:37-38 ESV And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.
Phillip Yancey said, “Only in prayer can we learn to love God with all our heart, mind and soul.”
Psalm 5:1-3 NIV “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my king and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
Why People don’t make FaceTime with God a Priority
- Not sure you know how to pray
- Get bored or distracted while trying to pray
- Think your requests are too small for God
- Not sure your prayers will make a difference
Do you struggle with Prayer? Don’t pray enough? Someone once said, You will when you need too
Prayer should be our first language not a foreign language. It should be our first response, not our last resort.
(In Matthew 6, Jesus give us 3 “When’s” (habits)- When You Pray, When You Fast, When You Give)
Luke 18:1 NIV Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
“Ought” – means we are under obligation, we are bound, and it is necessary for us to pray always.
NOT bc its the religious thing to do, NOT to please God, NOT to be saved and go to Heaven – It’s bc we have no other choice
CS Lewis said, “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God – It changes me”
What is Prayer?
- Communication (dialogue)
- Communion (relationship)
- Channel for divine power (supernatural)
What it accomplishes:
- Draws you closer to God
- It brings answers, it creates (John 14:14, Hebrews 11:1-3)
- Brings blessings to others (I Tim. 2:1)
- Reveals (Jeremiah 33:3)
Our most sincere prayer should be: “Lord Teach us to Pray…” Luke 11:1 NIV
Prayer is learned – We learn to PRAY by:
•Praying The Prayers (ACTS 2:42) •Meditating on Scripture •Praying with others •Reading about Prayer
• We need a Liturgy – It means worship or minister. It means work of the people. Worship and devotion is not a kind of spiritual entertainment, worship is a work of spiritual formation. Liturgy is simply your pattern of worship and prayer. Some people say Liturgy is dead and dry? Brian Zhand in his book “Water to Wine” said, “Liturgy is neither alive nor dead. Liturgy is either true or false. What is alive or dead is the worshiper. So what we need is a true liturgy and a living worshiper.”
Phillip Yancey said – “If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer.”
Why FaceTime with God Must Be a Priority
1. I Can Depend Upon God
Deuteronomy 4:7 NIV – 7 What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
John 15:5-7 NIV “If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, but apart from me, you can do nothing. If anyone doesn’t remain in me, he’s like a branch that’s thrown away and withers. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you can ASK whatever you wish and it will be given to you. “
“Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask.” – Billy Graham
The tragedy of our day is not unanswered prayer but is unoffered prayer
God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.
Prayer expresses our trust in God (Matthew 6:9- Our Father…)
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” Oswald Chambers
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
“Quit questioning God and start trusting Him!” ― Joel Osteen
Disappointments are just God’s way of saying “I have Got Something better” Be Patient….Have Faith….Trust God….
It’s not an option, it’s like breathing is to our bodies- LIFE.
Martin Luther said, “To be a christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.” Abraham Lincoln
2. I Discover Friendship with God
John 15:15-16 NIV “I no longer call you servants because a servant doesn’t know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends for everything I’ve learned from my Father, I’ve made known to you. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
One of life’s greatest privilege is the right to use the name of Jesus in Prayer
Because we have Friendship with God, God promises:
1. To hear us (Jer. 33:3 / Isa. 65:24)
2. To Help us (Mt.7:7-8 / Mark 11:24)
3. If there is a need, God will meet it (Phil. 4:19)
4. If there is a burden, God will lift it (I Peter 5:7)
5. If there is a sin, God will forgive it (I John 1:9)
Romans 5:10-11 NLT – For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
3. I Can Deliver My Anxieties to God
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
Remember: God has free unlimited anytime minutes
We have 2 options – We can Panic or Pray -You decide
“Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bare; All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer” Joseph Scriven
I Peter 5:7 NIV “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Anxiety – state of uneasiness, apprehension about future uncertainties
Worry – Strangle or choke, suffocating, feeling we experience in time of fear.
-dog with a bone; “worries” on it, gnaws, bury it, dig it up, growl at you
-Some people’s calling in life – they want to always examine what can go wrong
-Martin Luther said, “Pray and let God worry”
We are not designed to carry stress, anxiety, or worryRemember this – The shadow of a dog never bit anyone
When Should Have FaceTime with God?
I Thessalonians 5:17 NIV – pray continually, (Never stop praying)
Daniel 6:10 ESV – When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
The specific time has to do with when you should have your quiet time and how long it should be. The general rule is this: The best time is when you are at your best! Give God the best part of your day—when you are the freshest and most alert. Don’t try to serve God with your leftovers (leftover time). Remember, too, that your best time may be different from someone else’s.
Early Morning? In the morning our minds are uncluttered from the day’s activities. Our thoughts are fresh, we’re rested, tensions have not yet come to us, and it’s usually the quietest time
Mark 1:35 NIV – Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
In the Evening? If you are a night person, have your time with God in the evening. The point is God deserves your full attention, not your leftovers. Whatever time you set, be consistent in it. Schedule it on your calendar;
Matthew 14:23 ESV – And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
The Call to prayer – Church bells & the Muslim Adhan (islamic temple next to my hotel while in china – 5am, 5 times a day)
In the first century church after Christ went to heaven – ancient christian practice instructed believers to pray the Lord’s prayer 3 times daily (morning, noon, and night). (The Didache)
Luke 6:12 ESV – In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
FaceTime with God is simple, not mysterious. But the impact it can make on your life as you do it consistently is greater and deeper than any other way you can spend your time.
Will you Commit everyday to spend Face to Face Time with God?
Next week I am going to show you how and what to do and have FaceTime with God.