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So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.- Luke 5:16 (NKJV)

Meet with the Lord daily.

It sounds a lot easier than it really is for the average person.  It takes some effort on our part.  Meeting with the Lord has its benefits.  It can be both inspiring and edifying.  Yet, many of us struggle with how to actually meet with the Lord.

We spend countless hours trying to figure it all out, believing that we can get it together in one sitting.  We grapple with the notion that we can meet with the Lord despite our own human inadequacies.  The Lord makes it possible.  He offers us an invitation for communion with Him.

Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. – Mark 15:38 (NKJV)

The veil was a barrier.  It marked the separation of the people from their God.  It represented the limits of one’s approach to the Holy One due to iniquity.  The veil depicted the need for a mediator to go to God on behalf of the people.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Savior, changed all of that.  The work of Jesus on the cross tore the veil in two and from top to bottom.  Jesus gave us direct access to the Father.

Here are some methods for meeting with the Lord daily:

  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Bible study
  • Fasting

We come to the Lord just as we are with all of our fallacies.  He accepts us as we are and grants us access to Himself.  He receives us.  He hears our prayers.  He lets us come to Him under the cover of grace, mercy and forgiveness in the name of love.

Spend some quality time with God.  Don’t let your religious practices become some ritualistic and routine that you lose your fervor.  Keep the fire of your faith burning.  Stay in communion with God daily.  Devote some time out of your day and spend it with God.  Get to know God by going directly to God.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to
help us when we need it most
.
– Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)

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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.- 1 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
As a “workman,” you need to be sure that you use your tools and use them correctly. Definitely, you need to be sure to have yourself some power tools of faith. Those are the ones that give you power when nothing else will.
Power Tools (of Faith):
  • Prayer: Stay prayed up so that you stay powered up.
  • Bible Study: Stay connected to the Lord through His Word, allow it to enlighten and empower you as your primary source of power.
  • Fasting: Go without so that you can appreciate when and what God provides for you as well as feel empathy for those who go without day and night; the poor and the needy.
  • Meditation: Pick a verse or a phrase from the Word and focus on it. Allow it to minister to you throughout the day. When you’re up, meditate on it. When you’re down, meditate on it. As you prepare to end your day, reflect upon it.

Use your “power tools” to keep you powered up for the good fight.

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