Isaiah 57:15 amp.
For thus says the high and lofty One–He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with
him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin]. [Matt. 5:3.]
In the born again believer’s life the two most important disciplines are Bible study and prayer. Those are the times spent with God when our mind, our way of thinking and our feelings change continually. These are also the “feeding times” of the believer. Discipline is not always the easiest thing. But I found throughout my life that if I do not spend time with God I miss Him and I feel empty and sad. The more we do it, the hungriest we become, hungry for the Word and wanting to spend time with Him. Did that ever happened to you? We have to be careful how we pray, because as the verse says today
…but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].
God reigns in Heaven but Is also in us, therefore our motives and condition of our heart is truly important. Only wanting to “get our way” is not a spirit of prayer that honors God. Remember He wants us to be praying without ceasing throughout the day (1 Thess. 5:17), therefore we ought to maintain a God-focused attitude throughout the day. It is important to ask Him to govern every detail of our lives every day. Prayer is one of the best way to honor God. But when we pray, we ought to honor and petition Him and simply trusting Him for the answer, keeping an hopeful expectancy that He will give us the answers we need in His perfect timing. Keeping the “channel of communication” with God open throughout the day keeps the intimate relationship with Him “fresh” and there is no better way to be filled with strength, peace, joy and courage every day. Finally when we pray, it is crucial to acknowledged that He is Holy and that He reigns over us, and to (like Jesus always did, even before being tortured and crucified for our sins, Him Who is Holy) ask God and truly mean it for His will to be done and not ours. 💜