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Divine Note #11-03 Don’t waste time: Pray

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I’m sharing notes I took on a sermon given by Pastor Charles Stanley (InTouch.org) entitled, “Prayer: Our time saver” which is appropriate as we begin a new year. Each of us is given a certain number of days that we can use effectively or waste. I have found that I am more fruitful and productive when I plan my life around the things that God wants me to accomplish whether it’s in my personal, professional or ministry life.

Life changes radically when God is our priority. When you talk to God, you know your purpose, your assignments (ministries) and it gives us energy for our busy, harried and stressful lives. Begin your day with God, read the Bible and listen to him. You will find that it will make your life fruitful, on purpose and significant.

Following are my notes from the sermon on why prayer saves time.
1. Prayer gives us clear, timely advice and direction


2. Prayer prevents us from making wrong decisions


3. Prayer eliminates worry and anxiety


4. Prayer produces a sense of calmness and peacefulness


5. Prayer enables us to ask for guidance and help


6. Prayer eliminates fretting


7. Prayer sharpens our spiritual discernment


8. Prayer gives us God’s viewpoint


9. Prayer brings energy to our life


10. Prayer helps us understand that God is a fantastic “fix” not just a quick fix


11. Prayer prevents us from getting distracted and helps us to focus


12. Prayer reminds us of the necessity to act – it gives us a push to get moving


13. Prayer prevents discouragement


14. Prayer opens doors of opportunity


15. Prayer helps us discern the difference between being busy or fruitful

This is a perfect month to give God priority in your life. Get the energy and focus you need to do all the great things God has planned for you.


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