The Significance of Prayer & Meditating on God's Word.

    I once heard John Piper say that everyone should have people in their life that minister's to them or mentor's them. Someone who is alive and someone who has passed that has lived the faith. A mentor does not necessarily mean you know them. You can read their material or listen to their podcast these days. I have been reading this autobiography on George Muller. If you have never read anything on him you should. He was born in September 27th, 1805 in Prussia. His life makes for a fantastic read and has ministered to me in many ways.

   One of those ways is his dedication to prayer and meditation on the Word of God. For the longest time, at least ten years, I have woke very early every morning to meditate on God's Word and pray. So nothing I read in regard to this was new, but it deepened my zeal and enthusiasm to stick to my so-called routine. Here is what Muller said in his journal:

"It often astonishes me that I did not see the importance of meditation upon Scripture earlier in my Christian life. As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time unless he eats, so it is with the inner man. What is the food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God - not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe. No, we must consider what we read, ponder over it, and apply it to our hearts. When we pray, we speak to God. This exercise of the soul can be best performed after the inner man has been nourished by meditation on the Word of God. Through His Word, our Father speaks to us, and reproves us."

  Do you see the connection Muller makes between meditating on the Word of God and prayer? I find his observation astonishing in a way I my-self could not put into words. Muller is pointing out that a man is not fit for prayer before he or she has meditated on the Word of God. We are not fit to speak to God until God has first spoken to us through His Word. Something to consider next time you are taking the time to commune with God.

   That leads me to another way Muller ministered to me. He stated in his journal - "The primary business I must attend to every day is to fellowship with the Lord." Many of us wake up in the mornings and our primary business is anything else but God. Our business is to get our kids ready for school, exercise, prepare our lunches, get to work on time etc... but how many of us can say we wake up each day with the primary business to fellowship with Jesus?

    What did that look like for Muller? How did he go about making fellowship with Jesus his primary business? One word: Time. He made time. Muller believed "the best part of our time should be given to communion with the Lord." He would go to bed at ten and rise the next morning at four. He stated, "I want to encourage all believers to get into the habit of rising early to meet with God." Muller felt that spending more than six to seven hours of sleep if your male & seven to eight hours if you're female, was a waste of the time God gives to us each day.

     Now pointing to our greatest mentor, Jesus. Mark 1:35 makes this observation about him, "And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went to a desolate place, and there he prayed." Jesus modeled the very thing George Muller pointed out, how prayer should be our primary business each day, and I suspect that Jesus was Muller's inspiration. Notice two actions Jesus took for his own prayer life. First, Jesus intentionally rose early in the morning. Secondly, Jesus had a particular place to pray, one which he could be alone. Are you intentional about setting aside time to pray? Do you have a particular place to pray?

    If you desire more intimate fellowship with Jesus do this: First, make time to spend with Him. We make time for what and who is important to us. Therefore, the time we make for Jesus is the measure of how important He is to us. Secondly, meditate on the Word of God before you pray. Let God nourish you and speak to you before you utter a word to Him. Thirdly, pray. After you have meditated on the Word of God and God has ministered to you, take the time to talk back to Him concerning what He has said to you. 


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