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Prayer, Plain and Simple

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Whatever you do, do well (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

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Discovering our priorities is an important part of time management. How can we order our days according to the will of God? Does He care how we whittle away our time? Is productivity a priority in God’s scheme of things?

God makes it clear throughout Scripture that we are to value order; His Holy Spirit gives us the capacity to exercise self-control in order to create rhythms in our lives that make us productive.

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:3).

Peace and disorder are antithetical terms. When we bring more order into our lives, we will invariably establish more peace. Do you desire help in bringing order into your life by managing your time? Pray this plain and simple prayer:

Father,

You have given me the same amount of time in a day that you gave to Jesus of Nazareth – the same amount of time you gave Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa, Martha Stewart, and Queen Elizabeth – 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week to give you glory and to undergo the projects and plans you have ordained for my life. I have squandered enough time, puttering away here and there, squandering more than my fair share of precious minutes.

Please forgive me….

Lord, I am asking for and receiving in faith the ability and the wherewithal to hear your quiet instructions both in Your Word and in my heart so I know how to spend my time, offering You a fruitful life.

You have made it clear that bearing fruit is the natural result of abiding in you. So first on my list today is to draw close to Your heart, receive Your love, and hear Your whispers. I will do just that….

[Now hear His quiet voice tell you who you are – you are the only YOU in the world, and He will help you become that you – the real you.]

….I seal this time in the name of Jesus – Amen.

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