Are you in a habit of daily time alone with God? Do you pray regularly? Are you so busy that you don't pray? I don't ask these questions to put anyone on the spot, but to help us think about what we are missing out on when we don't pray. We, as Christians, have the Holy Spirit of God living in us, to accomplish His mission here on earth, as long as He keeps us here. We are missing out on the blessings God has for us when we do not spend time each day in His Word and time praying, time alone with Him. Why do we so easily fall away from this? How do our daily lives become more important than His perfect will for our lives? We all know that when we are in the word and have times of really open prayer with the Father, that we are much more in tune with His voice and we are more wise inn our decisions about anything and everything. So why do we all slowly fall back into a habit of business? Don't think I can answer this for you, I cannot answer it for myself. We all need to have someone who holds us accountable for this in our lives. Someone who we can pray with, pray for and encourage to keep taking time daily to go to God. 

      I find myself asking questions like, "what is going on with this aspect of my life?" Only to realize later that I have not prayed specifically for it. I have not taken even a few minutes to think about and pray about the outcome. God is sovereign over every small detail of our lives. Why can I not understand this? Why can we so easily fall away from what we know about our loving Father? We see on the pages of scripture example for us to see. His people over and over again falling away from His laws and His statutes and going to idols made by their own hands. We are all the same. We do not worship idols, we mostly worship ourselves, our busy-ness and our kids and our stuff. But it is the same. Read what God has to say in Isaiah and Jeremiah about this. If you really love God and fear God, this will cause you to rethink some things in your life. Thus, this is why I am writing this today. I am reading chronologically through the Bible and I have been in Isaiah and 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, as well as Jeremiah in the last weeks and we see this over and over. 
      I want us to truly realize what/who we are missing out on, when we put ourselves in top priority and not our Holy and loving creator. He created you and He sustains you. Our hearts beat because Jesus gives it rhythm. He is also the head of the church. Which means, he along is sovereign over the church. He is our savior! He died in our place, paid our debt, which by the way, we could never pay! Not only is He the creator, but the only way that creation can be reconciled to God is through Him/Christ! The author of Hebrews tells us in 12:2-3 " looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

      I truly believe that the only way it is possible for us to be drawn out of ourselves is to focus on Christ. Now this is easy to say, and much more difficult to do. So let's pray for each other as we seek each day to spend time with the Father and find someone who can help us with that. Find someone who can and will hold you accountable for this and you do the same for them.This is where I am in my faith journey. But this applies to us all. Regardless of where you are in your journey, the right answer is Focus on Christ! 
      Always know that we are so grateful and thankful for you and we pray for each of you often. And we will not stop praying for you. We want each of you to begin praying even now, where and when you will go to serve alongside other believers. Encouraging them and serving the poor, the orphans and widows. Sharing the good news, the gospel of Jesus, in the coming year.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."

Greg Brown
Missionary To Guatemala
One Way Ministries Staff