Verse 2

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV

Day 5 verse 1

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV

Meeting with God (Day 5)

Leaning on God’s Promises With PrayerScripture makes it clear that the answer to everything in our lives is prayer mixed with faith. The apostle Paul writes, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).Paul is telling us, “Seek the Lord about every area of your life and thank him ahead of time for hearing you!” Paul emphasizes that we are always to pray first and not as a last resort after going to our friends, then to a pastor or counselor, and finally ending up on our knees. Jesus tells us, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). We are to go to the Lord first! Our ministry receives heartrending letters from multitudes of broken Christians. Families are breaking up; people who walked faithfully with Christ for years are living in fear and defeat. Each of these people has been overcome by something—sin, d…

Day 4 verse

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.Matthew 6:6 NIV

Meeting with God (Day 4)

The Power of the Secret ClosetDo you have a closet of prayer? I don't mean an actual clothes closet (though that could do), but rather do you have a habit of shutting yourself in with God? To have a “secret closet” means simply to be shut in with God anywhere, anytime—giving quality chosen time to yearn after him, seek him, and call on his name. “Prayer closet” means “prayer habit.” Do you have a daily practice of getting alone with God? This is what the prayer closet is all about: practice. It is about disciplining yourself to come before God, to answer when the Spirit’s wooing calls you. It means having a heart that says, “I must get alone with God; I must talk with my Father today!” Don't be deceived: It takes concentrated effort to pray! When you go into your secret closet, shut the door and turn off the phone. Any child of God who sets his heart to seek the Father is going to face what I call "satanic interruptions.” The devil will come to interrupt you, to get your …

Day 3 verse

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 NIV

Meeting with God (Day 3)

“Pray Through” by ListeningWhen you are spending time with Jesus, do you receive direction from him? Does he tell you what to do and when and how to do it? Some Christians don't believe God does this, but Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice ... and they follow me” (John 10:27). There is no way through your trial except to get alone with Jesus and cry, “Lord, you're the only one on this earth who can help me. Only you know the way through this trial. So I'm going to stay here until you tell me what to do. I'm not going anywhere until you speak to my heart!” This is the kind of “praying through” that is pleasing to God. It means stopping everything, all activity, until you hear his voice. Only then will you hear him speak clearly to your heart: “You've got to make things right with this person.” Or, “You've got to make restitution here.” Or, “Just stand still until next week. Don't get in a hurry. Sit in my presence and trust me.” He will give you clear direc…