At small group this weekend, Bobby shared his morning prayer ritual. He feels a daily cleansing early in the morning should be part of all our lives. He invited us to try it for a week, praying each morning taking time away from our busy schedule and spending valuable time with the Lord.
Though it may sound easy enough, quiet time early in the morning may not necessarily be an option for some of us. For example, a newborn baby girl might have something to say about how your day starts. Or a pager going off hours before sunrise calling you to work early. What about those mornings when the alarm had it’s own agenda?
My theory is a simple one. Spend time with God throughout the day! Pray to Him while conversing with Him!
He is listening when we are sitting behind the wheel stuck in traffic. He hears us when we sing in the shower. God puts out a shoulder for us to cry on when evil rattles us.
Having a relationship with God should be a way of life, not a tendency people adhere to on Sundays and the occasional Wednesday night. Walking with God begins in our sleep and carries into our daily lives.
Another important issue we discussed at small group was the spilling of the contents of a glass when the glass is bumped. Bump a glass of holy water and what will spill from it is most likely to be holy. Bump a glass of warm hog urine and well, you get the picture.
What we actually were talking about was how people react when bumped or ‘tested’ dictates what’s in their heart. “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
It is wise then to not only watch what we say, but to learn from it and keep growing knowing God is always listening.
Small group brings a Christian perspective to everyday issues. Elizabeth and I continue to learn, grow and teach with our groups and urge all those without a small group to go out and seek one. Small groups are more than support or prayer groups, they are an essential part of our spiritual growth.
Small groups become building blocks in our lives and much like a glass and it’s content, we are expected as followers of Jesus Christ to be filled with Godly thoughts so that when we are tested, we spill God’s word and not the word of evil doers.
We thank you for all that you are doing in our lives
And for looking after us, our families and our friends,
Thank you Lord for giving us all that we need
Rather than all that we want.
God we pray you will continue to look after us
And keep us from evil, from temptation,
We pray you will strengthen us and keep with us
When we are weak.
Lord we thank you for putting the right people across our path
And leading us to partake in small groups,
Sharing, helping, loving others as you love us.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre