” Our Daily Devotion Determines Our…DESTINY! ” by Pastor Marvin Mullins.
“Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever” (Psalms 145:2).
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Day means an opportunistic time and extended period of time. From a science perspective it is one spin of the earth on its axis. Forever and ever means beyond time, this is truly daily devotion.
Our Daily Devotion Should Include the Following:
1. Corporate prayer: The essence of Luke 11:1-4 and Matthew 6:9-13 was to teach his disciples to pray, as John also taught his disciples. Prayer is a learned behavior that is taught by those who practice and live it daily. We cannot inherit it or borrow it through our “born again” experience, church membership or family name. Jesus is teaching a prayer class on corporate prayer for the Body of Christ. Note, the words and phrases that denote this is corporate prayer: “our father which art in heaven; give us this day, our daily bread; forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Corporate prayer must address where God is, His holy name, His Kingdom, His will, His bread, forgiveness and deliverance from evil. Praying corporately brings purpose and power to our lives. When we pray corporately the miraculous happens and the lost is shaken (Acts 4:31). Prayer makes us perfect (mature).
2. Worship: Is absolute surrender to one who is superior (Psalms 95:6). Worship also includes magnification (Psalms 34:3). We can’t make God bigger. We need the proper instruments to magnify God. The Old Testament is the telescope and the New Testament is the microscope to show us who God is through His Word. We can’t magnify God without His Word.
3. Study the Word of God: Jesus wants to see your face in His face every day (Psalms 27:8; Psalms 105:4). Don’t let the earth spin on its axis one day without reading and meditating in the Word of God. To experience and have all that God has designed for us, we must have a relationship with our Bibles (The Word). Acts 17:11 “…searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Daily scriptures memorization is one of the most powerful and rewarding activities that we can encounter in our walk with God.
4. Consistency in performing our assignments in the Kingdom: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” (Acts 5:42). Consistency is the jewel of effective daily devotion. Consistency starts out as a discipline but quickly becomes a habit. In order to reach our goals and complete our assignments in the Kingdom of God, there are certain things we must do every day: whether it is reading, writing, praying, walking, eating, taking vitamins, etc. Once we have determined what needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly or annually, we should practice consistency as a discipline until it becomes a habit. “Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever” (Psalms 145:2). The number one obstruction to our daily devotion is lack of consistency. Consistency in our daily devotion to God will take us where talents and gifts cannot.
Pastor Marvin Mullins
Northern Virginia UPCI
(Information from: Prayer Connect – World Network of Prayer – email@example.com)