Yinka Akande: First Things First
In order for any relationship to grow, communication is so essential. That includes our relationship with God too. I have learnt from my personal experience as well as that of others, what wrecks our relationship with friends becomes due to lack of constant interaction/communion. In all of these, I am learning that the one thing that counts for more than anything else and of which I can’t not afford to lose as a woman is my appreciation of constant communion with my maker as well as a daily practice of “Private Prayer”.
Stormie Omartian the author of “The Power of a Praying Woman” wrote…..
“A number of years ago, I had become so busy with working, taking care of teenagers, trying to be a good wife, running a home, writing books and traveling to promote them, being at all meetings, helping people who needed it, and trying to make everyone happy, that I neglected the most important thing—my intimate walk with God. It’s not that I stopped walking with Him. To the contrary, I couldn’t make it through a day without Him. It’s not that I stopped praying. Actually, I was praying more than ever—about everyone else on the planet. But I didn’t pray about my own walk with Him. I didn’t give him time to speak to me personally through it. I was busy doing good and neglected to do what was best. I didn’t take enough time for God and me alone, and as a result I became so depleted I couldn’t go on. I felt like that eggshell, as if I could be crushed with very little outside pressure. I knew I needed more of God in my life, and nothing on earth was more important than that. There wasn’t anything else that could satisfy the hunger I felt inside except more of His presence. And I came to realize how important it was for me to guard and protect my personal relationship with God in prayer “…
Prayer is one of the assets of a woman; it is a refusal to live as an outsider to God. It is direct access to the most powerful being in the Universe. God has wired women to nurture others, so it’s natural for us to pray for the other people in our lives – from our husbands and children, to our neighbors and coworkers. But how often do we make time to pray for ourselves and improve our relationship with our maker?
The secret place of prayer is a vital requirement in every wife or mother for which there is no substitute. Till our relationship with God can become one of continual fellowship through his word and prayer, we will not be able to know the will and the mind of God concerning different aspects of our lives. If we refuse to pray and spend time with God, we won’t be able to hear him when he speaks.
Never underestimate the power of a praying woman. Prayer should be our first response at all time and not a last resort to all of the challenges life throws at us. It is necessary for our survival and maintenance of daily victory. It is therefore not an option!
To pull down strongholds, what is needed is a prayer lifestyle. The benefits of prayer are reaped when it’s a lifestyle rather than an activity engaged in when convenient. Our strength as ladies lies in our intimacy with God. The thoughts and intents of our heart should be shaped and guided by time spent in his presence. Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.
Stay in close fellowship with God through prayer. Find strength, joy and victory for all the seasons of life. Contact help and birth divine encounters from God through prayer. The pleasures of God are availing on the prayer altar.
It’s a daily, sometimes hourly decision, desire and choice to say I seek you first today lord.. If you will make time with God your first priority, everything else in your life will fall into place.
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