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What is most important to you? What do you commit to regularly? Is there something that is a priority that takes precedence over everything else? Do you set aside time to talk with God every day? Don’t you think you should?

We spend our time going to work, going to school, making meals, shopping, and taking care of chores around the house. We spend time watching television or programs on our computers, tablets, or phones. We peruse social media, keeping up with all our “friends” or celebrities. When do we spend time with God?

When we spend time with God in prayer, we are communing with the Creator of the world—our Creator. Perhaps you argue you were created by your Mom and Dad. That only occurred because God created and blessed humans to reproduce. God created all we see. He blesses it all in order for this world to continue to exist.

What about spending time reading God’s Word? As we spend time reading and studying His Word, we learn more about Him. You see, we learn through reading, contemplating, and experiencing God. By learning more about God, we learn how to improve our lives. We learn how to experience Him and gain joy, peace, contentment, and spiritual renewal.

Notice in today’s passage how the large crowd that gathered for Pentecost devoted time to learn and pray. A natural outcome from this was fellowship with other believers. Part of their time together was spent partaking in a meal. It is through fellowship around the table we often hear of someone else’s experiences with God, which continues our learning. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov 27:17).

A community of Christians needs to spend time together in order to continue their growth spiritually. It increases their faith. They experience God more fully. They care for one another. The work God has set each one of us to do is completed as a group. We share our needs, and they are met. God is pleased.

Prayer is a powerful communication method. Not because we are all-powerful, but because God is all-powerful, and He cares for us. It is through prayer that we give praise to God, make our needs known, and obtain a peace that goes beyond understanding.

I pray we all commit to gather with other Christians. I pray we spend time in prayer with God. I pray each one of us seeks a better life with God and our fellow Christians. Read and learn from God’s Word. Gather with other followers. Commit to prayer. Seek joy, peace, and contentment. Seek the abundant life Jesus promised.

Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for nearly 20 years. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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