This week, our authors will be sharing from their lives, personal testimonies or stories of what God is doing for them in the areas of prayer, praise, worship, fasting and tithes and offerings. It might make you a bit uneasy or then again, it might embolden you or perhaps, like most of us, it will move you closer to accepting what God is doing in your life. It will be a good week!
“In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.” Psalm 5:3
“But you when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Matthew 6:6
Several years ago my best friend shared a book with me called “Cavetime” by Jeff Voth. It changed my prayer life and my time with God dramatically. The book uses the story of King David while he prayed to God in the cave of Adullam. The results for me were as dramatic in my life as they were for King David and his mighty men. You can read that story for yourself in 1 Samuel 22.
Jeff encouraged us to find that spot in our home, to be alone, our cave, to pray, sing praises to God to just be quiet before the Lord. For as long as I can remember, as an adult, the first thing I do every morning is have a cup of coffee. As I pondered Cavetime, King David, and coffee, it came to me that I would have coffee with my Heavenly Dad every morning and just talk with him. After all, prayer is just us talking with God – not to Him-with Him, a two-way conversation.
It's a time when I can reflect on what the day may hold for me, or seek a direction from God because I’m not clear of the path. Often, without saying a word, I will be drinking in God’s presence and that may be listening to the chorus of birds singing their praises to God as well. I keep a small pocket journal handy to write things down that He will speak to me or ideas He gives me. I eventually share requests with Him of people who have asked me to pray for them, or struggles I find myself in or even the occasional wrestling I have with my Heavenly Dad.
I could not imagine starting off my day without first putting on the whole armor of God, and then putting the coffee on, and then having that first cup of coffee with my Dad, stepping out onto my patio, and saying Good morning to my Abba Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It sets me up for a good time of prayer because I need time with Him first thing every morning.
Daily Battle Order:
Find your cave Kingdom Man. Get up before anyone else in your household. Greet the dawning of the day with you Dad and just talk to Him. He will relish the conversation and when you talk to Him, He listens to you. Then take the time to quietly sit there and drink your coffee so He can talk to you too.
Join us on June 11th as we muster at The Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, VA. It’s our first Battlefield training in Manassas. Come and join us around our campfire for the early morning cup of coffee and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.