Praying your schedule

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One of our Whole Life Worship readers recently gave me a great idea to incorporate into Personal Worship: praying our schedule.

As we close our Personal Worship with the Lord, we bring to him our schedule for that day: all the tasks, appointments, people, situations, and potential problems. As we pray for these upcoming items, here are a few things we can ask God for.

– Ask God to give you an awareness of His presence during that appointment, task or meeting. We often forget about God as we live out our day. So praying in advance that He would reveal Himself in the specific task or appointment gives God permission to remind us that He is with us.

– Ask God for empowerment to do these tasks in a way that brings glory to Him. We have the power of Almighty God to help us live for His glory at our disposal – we just don’t ask Him for it! How much more energy, joy, and fulfillment will we receive when we ask God for this beforehand?

– Ask God for wisdom in the decisions you will make today. We need God’s wisdom and counsel as we face hard things. This is where the “Jesus Prayer” comes in: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” As I humbly ask God for wisdom and rely on His counsel, I will see how He directs me in His paths.

– Ask God for His love as you encounter people. Our ability to love is so limited. God’s ability to love is limitless. Loving people with the love of God is one of the best things we can ever do for people. You will find a reservoir of blessing and goodness you can pass onto others. And chances are, as you love the people that come your way today, they will more than likely pass that love onto someone else. But God wants us to get the “ball” rolling.

So pray your schedule today and see how God works more powerfully in and through your life because you did. I believe that praying our schedule in this way reflects what Jesus promised in John 14:12-13

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

What helps you to get reconnected to God during the day?

How have you seen God at work when you pray your schedule?

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