Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:22
When we sin, we are doing what we want and not what God wants. This hinders our prayers because we are not focused on what pleases God. Our guilt and shame cause us to draw away from God. When we confess our sins and come clean before God, our connection to God is reestablished and we have the confidence to approach Him. When we desire to please God and keep His commandments, our prayers line up with God’s Word and we have the assurance of answered prayers.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
What sin might be hindering your prayer life?
Take time to confess your sin and receive God’s forgiveness.
Realign your life with God’s Word and focus on what pleases Him.
Identify three things that would please God if you did them.
Pray that God would do great things through your life by enabling you to do those three things.
Father, I praise You that You can do abundantly more than we ask or think. I want this year to be the greatest year of my life. Give me the discipline to stay committed to the journey. Help me set aside a few minutes each day to do this devotion. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on.
“If I had cherished iniquity (sin) in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Psalm 66:18
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:3-5
Posted on Wed, January 7, 2015
by Sam Petitfils