PrayerConnect for January 12, 2016


Because of the times…it is time…to do what God has called us to do. “The Lord is coming soon!” The news has gone forth…not from “Time” Magazine, but from the Good Book. John 9:4 declares, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” In situations, we often say “It is time for God to work,” but God may be telling us “it is time for you to work!”
Determine that it is time to move forward in 2016…and beyond! Have you clocked in? Are you a part-time or full-time laborer in God’s vineyard? How can we have so much free time when there is so much yet to do? What quality “time” do we really give God in our communication and relationship with Him and in the work that He has called us to do? We often say, “He’s never too early, never too late, but always right on time!” For some people, He even has come “just in the nick of time.” He shows up on time for us, but do we show up on time for Him?
There is no time like the present this new year! Psalm 69:13 declares “But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time:” Prayer is our lifeline to God, especially in the world of chaos that we live in. Remember, time is of essence!
When you look at your watch, it is evident that time is running out. When you look at your hands, imagine using them to turn over an hour glass filled with the “sands of time” and allowing it to be a simple reminder of how time flies; and let it give you the incentive to take a time-out to use your time wisely to pray. Clasp your hands in prayer! Surely, “…it is time to seek the LORD…” (Hosea 10:12). Ecclesiastes 9:10 states, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work…in the grave…” In light of eternity, we really have “all the time in the world” to seek the face of God and His kingdom!
Value every moment of time, and realize that you are not in a “crunch time” for prayer. You can use time prudently, and pray! Time is always moving. So why shouldn’t you keep up with time? When operable, even the hands of a clock are always moving. Are your hands constantly and consistently moving by being coupled in prayer? If you lag behind, you may find the midnight hour upon you. We are in the End-time, and God has brought us to the kingdom for such a time as this, and He declares “I will work, and who shall let it” (Isaiah 43:13)? Surely…TIME will tell!
Flo Shaw
International Coordinator
World Network of Prayer