TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I know the plans I have for you. I prepared good things for you to do long ago before you were born. I Am an intentional God whose plan is for your good. Do you believe it? Receive it and trust in Me.
CLOSE THE DOOR!
Jesus teaches us to match our prayers with settings. Why? Because we’re in a relationship and you don’t meet your best friend in a trash heap and expect a positive outcome.
Yes, the reason we “close the door” on our prayer closet is because it’s a picture of intimacy. If you want to get intimate with God, set things up for intimacy. The last part of shutting the door is intentionality.
When you’ve got something important to bring before Jesus, you go into a room and you close the door – you’ve got business to do. You’re not going to worry about what’s going on outside or who is going to overhear. You have to think about what’s going on in there. You’re intentional.
That’s when you do something by decision instead of by default. I love being intentional. My default setting always spins me off into some place that’s bad. We have to learn to reprogram our own default settings.
When all hell breaks loose, you don’t just instantly run to Jesus. You have to make yourself do that. You do it enough and that becomes your default setting. But you have to do that through the intentional posture of discipline.
The same way, you don’t just accidentally fall into a blessing because God is intentional. The power of intent is huge in the Kingdom. Being intentional means you have determined to make something a priority. What are you intent on? Today, make Jesus a priority and close the door. You’ll be greatly rewarded.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” – Matthew 6:5
FROM MY SERMON SERIES PRAY FOR RAIN – INTIMACY