Be Encouraged in 2017

As a member of the body of Christ, especially as we’re about to enter into a New Year, it’s time for us to get back to our roots and pray and draw closer to God even more than ever before.

I’m guilty of this as well; sometimes when you’re in ministry you can get so busy with
the ‘work’ of the ministry, or even working on your next project, that you find yourself
not praying as much as you used to. A lot of tests, trials, and temptations can be avoided if we took the time to pray.

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He was to be crucified, His flesh did not want to endure what was about to go down the next day.

The Word says how Jesus was tempted just like we were, which means He knew what pain He would have to endure the next day, and He was tempted to give up as He begged God for another way to accomplish the goal of saving the world. (Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 26:42)

Just imagine if you were the chosen one, and new the very next morning you were going to be beat so badly that you no longer would resemble a human being (Isaiah 52:14)… blood would be everywhere, and you knew in advance, what was about to happen?  Even Jesus, being Jesus, the Savior, had to pray His way through the night before until He received the necessary strength to carry out His mission.

How much more should we pray?

Matthew 26:41 reads, Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:  the spirit indeed is 
willing, but the flesh is weak.

Here Jesus admits that the flesh is weak.

How many times have we missed our sinned against God because we weren’t prayed up
and the flesh was weak and won? This Scripture is warning us to watch and pray, so we DON’T fall…
So today I’d like to encourage you to join me in taking more time to pray.

As we’re about to enter into a New Year, let’s help make it a glorious 2017 by being intentional about spending more time with God next year and being more proactive instead of reactive. Whether it’s 5 more minutes a day, or 35 more minutes a day, it’s totally up to you…the key is consistency…get up earlier than normal if you have to…whatever you have to do, get it done, and pray so that you enter not into temptation, and so that the perfect will of God will be done in your life.    
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

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