Ester M. Korszyk
I see that when I make time in reading my Bible and pray, I can see strongholds disappear, you see these are two most strong weapon the enemy hates, and that is our time and the Word of God. So what are we to do with our time as His daughters? Is simply, giving Him our time. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 says: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. And take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” The only way strongholds can be taken away is for them to be demolished, and that is By the Spirit of God. We have these two weapons to fight against every time, and I must say at all times.
Now the enemy wants to divert us into another thought which does not belong to prayer or reading the Bible. You see, if we are in tune with Him and know His heart and mind, then we can quickly escape the enemy by the authority of Christ, and get back into His Word, and being aware of His presence, you will be demolishing every strong hold. So it is with our time, without putting vague words or thoughts of any other kind, but focusing only on His presence, along with His Word, we can bring every thought captive, before the enemy comes in to captivate our minds. I also think that a good attitude and the right focus help us to handle it better. Paul the Apostle encouraged the Corinthians in their trials: “Do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor.4:18). So what’s unseen and eternal that we can look at? The character of God is an excellent place to focus. He is good (Psalm 25:8), He is just (Isa. 30:18), He is forgiving (1John 1:9), He is Faithful (Deut. 7:9). Pondering God’s character can give us joy in the middle of our struggles. When Christ is the center of your focus, all else will come into proper perspective.
Oh my dear friend what an advantage we have to beautify ourselves in our inner being. That is the best way He wants us to represent Him. I know that the God who created you and me is really a jealous God who wants our time, because He made time and space. He wants to pour out on us His love, His mercy, His comfort, His peace. No one person on earth will ever offer all of these to you and me. People don’t have time to really listen to our problems or dilemmas. Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petitions, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” How awesome is to know we His children have full access to His throne, because He has all the time in the world for just you and me.
My dear friend, the beauty of prayer is talking with God – Hebrews 10:19 “Therefore brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is his body.” We need to know His heart. Psalm 10:14 “But you O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” He gives us rest, peace, assurance that He will do what He says He will do. Let’s remember it is all about Him, not us. Psalm 68:5-6 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God set the lonely in families…” Take advantage of His love for you, by taking time with him. Remember in scripture where Mary and Martha were at home with Jesus as their guest, who was the one busy doing things around the house, and who was the one just listening to Him? And who was the one complaining about the other not getting busy? Do you remember what Jesus told the complainer? Jesus told Martha that Mary has chosen the best, and that is to listen to Him. Now, what does that tell you? It takes time to listen, doesn’t it? You better believe it. I sometimes have to stop something just to listen to my husband, or for that matter, my son. Believe me, it does pay to listen, doesn’t it?“Matthew 6:8 “Your Father knows what things you have needs of, before you ask.” It does mean to fully recognize Him as your Lord and savior, as your comforter, your counselor, your full time partner in life for all your needs, your wants, your trust. He is all worthy to be praised.
Now to pray as a habit we need to have the right attitude. “The obedient one” Remember in the Old Testament God would always make sure His people- the Israelites were obedient to bring offerings and sacrifices? 1 Sam.15: 22 “Has the LORD as great delight in burn offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
Another aspect of the attitude of prayer is that of being humble in His presence (2 Chron.7:14) “If my People who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” James 4:6 “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So my dear one, we really need to be focused on our approach to the throne of God with much humbleness. That’s his character, another one of a desire to pleased Him Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart by pleasing in your sight O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”Another aspect is wants His will Mat.26:39 “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me nevertheless, not as I will, but as “Your will.” God’s will is for you and me to have many conversations-talks with Him. He wants us to know His heart, because He already knows your heart and mine, so that is the more reason why we should make time with our God. What a privilege to do so, and especially if you haven’t done it, do is now, it is not late, if you haven’t done it. Start now. He is waiting. Prayer is really not for you and me, but for Him. A jealous God, He wants not just part of you and me, but all. Now that is the real investment for Him.