In my book "It's Not Just Camp Food Anymore," I stated it this way:
"Our not-so-secret weapon... 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pray without ceasing,
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."
This comes in a section I called "Before You Begin."
And that is exactly the point.
Before you begin your day, you pray.
You tell the sovereign LORD of the universe "Thank You, I love You, I know You care about everything I/we do..."
You employ this key strategy first individually, then collectively.
A simple cursory overview of the Holy Scriptures will reveal the key ingredient of the men and women of God - a relationship with the living, loving Lord and creator of the universe through prayer.
This is the method God Himself has chosen for us to use to communicate with Him.
As we begin each day with our staff in prayer, we open up the doors of communication; first to GOD and then to each other. We allow the Lord to work on our behalf.
We simply ask God to rule and reign over everything we do.
Through prayer, we publicly acknowledge our dependence on God.
Through prayer, we are able to bear one another's burdens.
Through prayer, we are unified in the Spirit.
Through prayer, we can begin in confidence knowing that our sins are forgiven.
Through prayer, we can forgive others.
Through the practice of prayer, we can get to know our LORD better and become more like Him.
Through prayer, we become doers of the Word rather than hearers only.
As Paul says in Ephesians 4:3,
"Endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
As Christians, or better yet as followers of Jesus Christ, we must take heed to His Word in the Sermon on the Mount as He himself taught the disciples to pray. He taught them to pray... Matthew 6:19...
-Our father... The Person to pray to, The omniscient GOD
-Which art in heaven... The direction of our prayer
-Hallowed be Thy name... The only GOD, Yahweh
-Your kingdom come... God will reign
-Your will be done... Not my will
-On earth as it is in heaven... Today where I am
-Give us this day our daily bread... He owns everything; He cares about every detail
-And forgive us our debts... There is forgiveness in no one else; He is the GOD of all mercy
-As we forgive our debtors... He who forgives much on earth is forgiven much in heaven (and we all need a lot of that)
-And do not lead us into temptation... HELP! Please, Lord, we need Your help (read James 1:13-15)
-But deliver us from the evil one... GOD is able
-For Yours is the kingdom... We are closer to bring in heaven than ever before
-The power... The Omnipotent God, I, even I, am God and there is no other
-And the glory... To Him belongs all honor
-Forever... Never stop praying
Executive Chef of Calvary Chapel Conference Center, Murrieta, CA
Author of "It's Not Just Camp Food Anymore" http://www.chef4souls.com
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