One morning a few months ago I spent about 30 minutes in prayer and studying the Word. Later that afternoon, I let my emotions get the best of me in a conversation with my wife. I said some things that were hurtful. Afterward I thought to myself… “but I prayed this morning… how did this happen?” Have you ever had this happen to you?

A designated time of prayer doesn’t guarantee a full day of obedience to God.

Just like going to church on Sunday can’t carry you all week long, praying for 30 minutes in the morning can’t be the extent of your daily spirituality. In that consecrated time with the Lord, you aren’t looking at how low your bank account is. You aren’t talking to that co-worker that drives you crazy. You aren’t overwhelmed with the stresses of your job. It’s easy to follow Jesus when He has your full attention and life isn’t hitting you from all directions.

I had to rethink my time with God. When I close my bible, it’s not the end of a task, it’s the beginning of a day that is focused on God and His kingdom’s work. I have to keep my ears open to hear His voice. I have to keep Him on my mind no matter what I’m doing. When I have a free moment, I have to turn my attention to Jesus.

If you aren’t consistent in spending designated time with God, I want to encourage you to develop that discipline. But always let that time create a mindset of continual fellowship with God.

Scripture of the week – Galatians 5:16

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.