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As I watched the devastation caused by the twisters up and down the Midwest, my heart ached for those having to endure the pain and hardship of the destruction these storms left in their wake.  Diane Sawyer of World News Tonight used words like "apocalyptic destruction" and "scenes from Armageddon" to describe the devastation.  Another reporter, in a flat, monotone voice told viewers, "Subdivisions are gone. The streets now lined only with the foundations where homes and schools once stood."  And in the word foundation, dear friends, is where we find a ray of hope.  Those very foundations will be used to rebuild lives once the debris is cleared away if they were built solid enough.  



Foundations are crucial.  Like the roots of the trees of Lebanon, they must go deep.  They must be solid, strong and able to carry the weight of outside attacks.  This holds true in our Christian walk as well. We must build firm and solid foundations in our walk with Christ or when the storms of life come—and they undoubtedly will—we will crumble.

Jesus’ parable in Matthew 7:24-27 tells of two men who built their houses on different foundations.  Both men heard Jesus’ teaching and built their lives.  Both go through the same experiences in life:



            25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house: and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.


             27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”



However, we see two very different end results.  One man’s house stood strong, while the others fell and “great was its fall”. Why? Because one built his house on a solid foundation, on the rock Jesus Christ while the other did not.  How do we build a solid foundation in Christ?  I can only think of two ways and they are both equally important.  We must pray and study God's word.



Why pray first?  Prayer is the very foundation of our Christian walk and many times in Scripture God tells us to pray first and also to pray without ceasing.  Having a dedicated prayer life establishes a deeper relationship with God.  A great tragedy occurs when prayer becomes a duty or a bunch of words said in remote repetition.  If as children of the most High we have lost our desire to pray it should be an immediate sign to us something is wrong and we should deeply search our hearts to find out what it is.  (Reader, if you find yourself in that position, may I respectfully suggest you stop reading this right now and go before God asking Him to show you what is hindering you from communion with Him.  And stay in His presence until His Holy Spirit reveals to you what it is.)



The only way to develop a better prayer life is to make prayer important and schedule a time in your day for it. Yep, that’s right, I said to schedule time for prayer every day.  Did you know even in New Testament times people followed a scheduled time for prayer?  Though there are various opinions regarding the number of times and when those times were, the most accepted is sunrise prayer, 3 o’clock p.m. and at sunset. 



Let’s face it, most of us lead busy lives and if we do not schedule prayer time, we probably will forget.  However, once prayer becomes a regular part of your day you will soon find you miss it when something hinders and intrudes on your time with God.  And just because prayer time is scheduled does not mean it should become a ritual or just something you have to do.  I can attest that once you set aside a time to meet with God and are faithful to it, God will show up and “tell you great and mighty things that you do not know (Jer. 33:3).”



Here are a few things I did when I first started:


·       Schedule a short block of time for prayer.  The time you schedule doesn’t have to be long.  I started with 5 minutes. 

·       Choose a time carefully and be prepared to protect it.  As soon as you choose a time, I can almost guarantee the enemy will do everything possible to stop you.  Respect and honor this time with God and I promise you He will meet you.

·       Get the word out and make sure your family knows this is your prayer time. This is not to brag but rather to avoid unnecessary interruptions.    

·       Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. That means no phones, (cell or otherwise), TV, radio, kids, neighbors mowing lawns, etc.  I know some people who go into their bathrooms to pray because it is the only place in their home where they won’t be disturbed.

·       Dedicated prayer takes practice.  Don’t give up and soon you will find yourself wanting to be in God’s presence more and more.



If I can be of any help or answer any questions regarding how God has anointed my time in His presence please email me at lori@3oclockprayer.com.  I am not an expert, just a servant of Christ but I can encourage you and attest to the fact God will honor your commitment to Him. 



Always loving the Lord,


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