On this the last day of 2005, I would like to wish each of you a very happy and blessed 2006. As you make your New Year's resolutions, (if you make any) may I suggest a plan to help you keep those resolutions this year. Stick to a daily routine. The most popular resolution among most people is to lose weight. I have been told the best way to accomplish that is to stick to a daily routine of a healthy diet and exercise.
The most poplular resolution among most Christians is to read their Bible more. Again, the best way to reach that goal is to stick to a daily routine. Read at a set time everyday. Some like to read as they begin their day, some as the day comes to an end. It doesn't matter when, just make sure to set a time and stick to it.
One more resolution that we need to make this year as Christians is to pray more. Pray daily for each other, for our local body of believers. Pray daily for our local communities, for our states, for our nation, for this world.
A good way to fall into a routine of praying at a certain time every day would be to figure out a place where you spend a lot of alone time, mostly thinking of what you already did today, what you need to do before the day ends, and what all you can get done to get a head start on tomorrow. Sound familiar? How many times are you driving to a destination that takes quite awhile to reach, but when you reach it you remember nothing about the journey from point A to point B because your mind has been racing with frenzied thoughts of what all you need to get done when you to do arrive at your destination? Now honestly,does all that thinking help you to get anything done any faster, or better, when you get where you are going?
According to a research article by Alan Thein Durning, How Much Is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth, the amount of time the average working American spends behind the wheel: 9 hours per week. Nine hours is a great beginning to the resolution to pray more.
Commit this year as you put your hand on the ignition to give that alone time in your car to God. Turn off the radio, clear your head, and talk to God. Pray silently, out loud, however you feel comfortable. God will hear you. If you are moving your lips at the red light, no one will care, they will just think you are trying to sing with the radio. If they look at you funny, pray for them.
I pray each of us will take the time to pray this year, if not in our cars, somewhere. This nation needs to return to God. The best way for that to happen is for each of us to return to prayer.
I John 2:8 -
Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true (is realized) in Him and in you, because the darkness (moral blindness) is clearing away and the true Light (the revelation of God in Christ) is already shining.