So over the last few days we covered the following:
Why new year resolutions don’t work and what to do instead.
What should you focus on in the new year.
How do you accomplish your goal.
What do you do if you get stuck.
The power of discipline.
This is the last blog and podcast on my new year series and today I’m going to share with you the secret to pull it all together.
Today I want to show you the power of prayer and how you can tie in prayer to accomplishing your major focus for this year.
Now there are many different thoughts and philosophies regarding prayer and religion.
Since I am a Christian, we are going to talk about prayer from a Christian perspective.
Prayer is how we as believers communicate with God.
Now if you have been to church, you might notice that the prayers are very articulate and very structured.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with that (as a Minister I’m guilty of those articulate and structured prayers myself), it is not required.
I’m going to share with you a simple framework that you can use to pray without having to say “Oh gracious omnipotent glorious father who sits high in the heavens and basks in the presence of his glory!”
This is the same formula that Jesus shared with his disciples.
In the Bible in the book of Luke Chapter 11, the 1st verse, the disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them how to pray. Here is the prayer that Jesus taught them.
2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation.’”
Now when I was a child, I would literally pray these words every night before I went to bed.
I don’t believe Jesus was teaching them this because he literally wanted them to say these exact words.
I believe Jesus was showing them a framework for how to say their own prayers.
The first part of this framework is praise. When we say Father, we praise God by acknowledging that he is superior to us and we are under his stewardship and leadership.
Just like our earthly fathers we are under their stewardship as children, our heavenly father we are under his stewardship as his spiritual children.
The second part of this framework is submission. When we say “Your Kingdom come” we are submitting our will to the will of our heavenly father.
This is very important especially when it comes to our major focus for 2021.
Sometimes, the reason why we set resolutions and goals but never achieve them is because what we are chasing after isn’t the will of God for our lives.
By submitting to God we allow him to decide what is best for our lives, even if that may be contradictory to what we might desire at the time.
The third part of this framework is request. This is where we bring our request to God.
So in the context of your major focus, this is where you can ask God to show you the path for how you can accomplish your major focus this year.
You can ask him to give you the strength and the disciple necessary to complete the tasks that you need to complete to accomplish your major focus this year.
You can ask him to give you the favor that you need with the people that you need it with.
The fourth part of this framework is confession. This is where you confess your sins and ask for forgiveness.
The bible says in Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
So we need to constantly ask God to forgive us of the things that we have done that are contrary to his will.
Finally, there’s a fifth part to this framework that I don’t see a lot of people talk about. However, this might arguably be the most important part of the prayer framework.
The fifth part of the framework is listen.
After you ask for forgiveness, tell God speak to me.
Then be quiet and listen.
While some people have reported actually hearing an audible voice speaking back to them, that’s not what most people experience.
What most people experience is an internal voice inside of them speaking to them.
It’s almost like a thought in your mind.
That’s the voice of God speaking to you.
By allowing God to speak to you, He will give you guidance about your major focus so that you will know how to bring it to past.
Or he may very well tell you that your major focus isn’t his will for your life at this time.
That’s great as well because now you don’t have to waste a year of your life going after something that God doesn’t desire for you.
By utilizing the power of prayer, I believe this is often the missing ingredient to really supercharging what you can accomplish in a single year.
Roosevelt Cooper – The10Talents.com
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