“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90.12 NIV).
I love celebrating the New Year. As each year flips to the next on our calendars, we learn to “number our days.” Life on this earth allows us to become the people we will be for eternity. We have many chances in the life we’ve been given, but we only have one life to mature spiritually into our heavenly existence.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in daily living that we forget to have an eternal perspective. But when we have our eyes on heaven and our feet on the ground, we can live as Jesus lived. He balanced the natural and supernatural worlds perfectly. He kept His focus on the Father, allowing the circumstances and people surrounding Him to be caught up in His eternal view.
The key to Jesus’ success is prayer. A prayer life provides God an open platform to sit with us, face to face. Prayer is not just an action; it’s a state of being. As God allows our public ministry for Him to expand, our private ministry with Him must grow as well.
When we compare our public ministry to a mountain, our private ministry can be compared to a valley. The bigger the mountain, the bigger the valley must be to contain it. Our influence for God should directly parallel our intimacy with Him. Only through abiding with God in prayer and Bible reading will we keep our focus on heaven as we serve Him on earth.
When we number our days, we realize that we don’t have time to waste not sitting with God in prayer. Only He knows our purpose. Only He knows His Kingdom Plan. He will reveal small steps along the way, but we must sit in His presence to gain His direction, strength and provision each day. So this year, let us resolve to pray, so we can mature in faith and accomplish our God-given destinies!
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5.16 NIV).
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