By Joel Buckner on 24 Jul, 2013
Two weekends ago, we had a great time during our 714 Prayer and Worship night. It was twelve hours of declarations, praises, miracles, testimonies, worship, and community. I love it when we all come together as a collective group and honor our Father. I am sure we can all remember a moment when we experienced a high from a worship service like this. As worship leaders, these can be great times of refreshing and restoration. However, it is important that we maintain this position of being in God’s flow. We must make the decision to invest our time wisely to keep our well filled. In doing so we must pray, seek, act and rest.
Ephesians 6:18, encourages us to pray continually. When you are praying the word of God and being led by the Spirit you begin to unlock heaven’s purposes in your life and for those whom your prayer concerns. Simply put, prayer is a conversation with your Father where He can give you direction, understanding, and encouragement. If you are unsure about how to start praying, find a scripture in the Bible that speaks to you and pray that scripture.
We must also seek God daily. At one time I thought seeking God only meant praying or reading the Bible. Now, I see it a little differently. It’s not just praying or reading the Bible, but it’s also actively seeking those God moments throughout our day. Recently I have been praying daily, “God let your kingdom invade my day, every conversation and action”. I did this to set my mind on a track of seeking the Kingdom way of doing things daily. That means I am seeking opportunities to walk in love, have peace and continued joy. Mathew 6:33 says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you!” I believe the word “added” represents an abundant life. When the Kingdom of God or God’s way of doing things is added to your life, it truly blesses others!
Investing in people is another way to maintain that overflow. Find someone to mentor, pray for, and bless. When we do this, we are acting out the word of God by being the hands and feet of Jesus. There is nothing like a constipated Christian. Share what God has given you. Sometimes we are the only encounter people will have with Jesus. Pure unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world (James 1:27). Let this be the action of our lives!
Finally, you have to make sure you rest! The Bible speaks of taking a sabbath very often. Each ones sabbath will look different but it’s a time of resting and rejuvenation. Take some time today and write about what a day of resting looks like for you. Each week practice the routine of having that day. It might mean going on a walk, spending time with loved ones, reading, or just sleeping! Whatever it is, we all need that time to refuel and hear from God.
I am reminded of the words from Larnnell Harris’ song “I Miss My Time With You.” Where God is saying these words to us, “ I miss my time with you, those moments together, I want to be with you each day and it hurts me when you say you’re too busy, busy trying to serve Me, but how can you serve Me when your spirit’s empty.” Let’s not lead worship from an empty well but from the overflow of our prayer, seeking after God and maintaining a sabbath. Staying connected to the true “SOURCE” will cause you to always be a resource to many!