There are times when we just know that something is wrong, and I mean REALLY wrong somewhere, with someone in some way. The Holy Spirit moves within us in such a way so as to alert us that prayer is urgent and faith is essential. Sometimes we know what the situation is, but many times we never find out. Either way, our responsibility is to watch and pray.
When we get consumed with our own lives it becomes very difficult to get free enough to honestly watch our Master, listen for His voice and do whatever He requests or requires. During Bible times, servants were instructed to watch the eyes of their master for instructions. Obviously this enters the equation as far as understanding our Lord's command to Â€Âœwatch and prayÂ€. We are to turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful faceÂ€
Upon what are your eyes focused? Whenever we are too wrapped up in the things of this life, we turn our eyes away from Jesus and find ourselves in the position of being not too good of servants. When we get distracted we many times miss a command that can only be received by those focused squarely on the Lord.
We all have various responsibilities in this life which demand our attention, time and energy. Somehow it must be available for us to fulfill our earthly responsibilities yet keep our focus on the Lord. No one ever said this would be easy, but it must be available or Jesus would not have requested we do it.
Jesus said that no man can serve two masters. Jesus said this because no man can keep his eyes on two masters at once. The key to being a profitable servant is to constantly keep our focus on the Lord while we are taking care of the duties life brings us. To the extent we can keep from turning away from the Lord to fulfill life's obligations is the extent we serve the Lord.
Is it possible to serve the Lord while working a secular job? Is it possible to stay focused on the Lord even when painting a house, teaching a class, driving a truck, waiting on customers etc? I believe it is if we beseech the Lord to work within us to alert us to needs among His people. If we can stay receptive to that still small voice within us, we can continue to serve the Lord even while working.
Unless a person is a brain surgeon, they can usually manage to isolate themselves for a few moments to pray if the Holy Spirit so instructs. Romans 8 teaches us that the Spirit does indeed move within us, prodding us to intercede on behalf of the saints. May I urge all of us to make the conscious effort to be more sensitive to the Spirit's call and take the time to make intercession regardless of what time it is and what we may be doing.
I am so grateful for the prayers of the saints! I highly doubt I would be sitting here right now, otherwise. Prayer needs to become as natural as breathing to us. Like you, over the years I have suddenly felt the compulsion to pray in regards to someone or something and when that happens to us we should heed it.
The beauty of prayer is that you really can do it any time, any place. So many people tend to think of prayer as having to be in a certain position, using certain prayers. While I know a lot of people find comfort in that, I would have been in trouble if I had to do that when I was in the back of an ambulance. I certainly could not kneel and I could not even form words in my mind let alone say them except for when I ordered them to take me to a certain hospital. That turned out to definitely be a "God-thing".
[quote] Let us pray, let us pray, everywhere in every way
Every moment of the day, it is the right time
For the Father above, He is listening with love
And He wants to answer us, so let us pray.
--From the song, Let Us Pray by Steven Curtis Chapman [/quote]
very well put! But if we do things as in our daily activities for the Lord, we can also glorify God at the same time.
No matter what you are doing, it can also be for e the glory of God, as well as we are doing these daily routines, we can pray as we are doing them.
;) Jesus asked me to comment, and the thought above is from the Holy Spirit! Praise God, he came to read what you have written!