How often do you read the Bible? How often do you pray? How often do you worship? Three questions that are all equally as important as the next but I’ll ask you an even more important question: How thirsty are you do to all three of those things on a daily basis?
It’s okay…take your time to think about it, and REALLY think about it!
Can I tell you that amazing things happen when you take time out of your day to focus on all three of those things. Truly amazing things happen. You begin to feel better, you begin to feel lighter, and you begin to see all your circumstances in a whole new light. Even the toughest of things, no longer seem so tough. That’s the power of the ‘Powerful 15’. 15 minutes, that’s all it takes.
5 minutes to read the Word of God.
5 minutes to Worship the name of Jesus.
5 minutes to Pray.
In total just 15 minutes out of your day but how willing and how thirsty are you to make time for Jesus?
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I would rather be doing something else with those 15 minutes. At times I would rather just be playing a video game, watching tv, or maybe reading a novel. At other times I just get so distracted by whatever is happening around me that I lose track of time and before I know it, it’s the end of the day and time to go to bed. Then a day becomes two days, and two days becomes a whole week where I didn’t make time for that Powerful 15. How easy it is to get into the habit of forgetting but how hard it is to get into the habit of making time. I typically try to read a chapter a day from the Bible everyday. I do pray every morning and every night. But I can say that I do struggle sometimes with worshipping. It wasn’t until last night that I finally understood what it was like to truly worship. Before going to bed, I was feeling anxious and down about myself. So I decided to do what any other normal person does nowadays and went on Instagram. Luckily for me, my church had posted something on their story about worship. The person talking said how wonderful things happen when we worship. That it isn’t just about singing along with a song absent minded but to experience it. I had no idea what he was talking about but I tried to do it anyways. I put a song on that I’m use to hearing at church, I closed my eyes, lifted my hands, and pictured the same atmosphere I feel at church while worshiping. I sang word by word, and truly had myself understand each and every single one of them. I can tell you that after the song was done, I felt completely different. I felt lighter and those feelings of sadness and anxiety were gone. Now I can’t wait to repeat the process again later tonight.
Sometimes that’s what it takes. It takes a change in ourselves to get thirsty. And yes, I know, a lot of people say that we should activity seek Jesus without expecting something amazing to happen. That we shouldn’t need these “miracles” to happen, in order to feel that hunger for Him because we should naturally feel it already. While I agree with that statement, I also agree that we are creatures that are driven by incentives. It’s okay if you needed to feel better in order to begin to experience that hunger. It’s okay if you didn’t feel that hunger before that breakthrough. Maybe a certain circumstance will drive you to ask God for a hunger, a desire, and some discipline to have regular time with Him. And that my friends, is the starting point. Make time for Him, tell Him how you’re feeling, and listen to what He has to say to you. The more time you spend with Him, the more you love Him every day.
“Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving”.Colossians 4:2
Here is the song I listen to last night and I highly recommend it if you haven’t already heard it 🙂
Good Grace (live) by Hillsong United