Acts 1:14 – They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
As I have sought to do this blog I must admit that there is one weakness I have above all else: Consistency. Sometimes there are big holes in my blog where I don’t even visit it for days… or weeks. It’s not that I get bored although sometimes I struggle with what else to say. I have done over 370 entries since I began a year and a half ago but It should be more. Sometimes I don’t write because I am too busy with other things. But that too is just an excuse. The truth of the matter is that it is easy to get out routine or not even start a routine. The next thing you know it is several days since you have done anything significant. I know this frustrates some of you because I hear from you in emails or messages. (Thanks for holding me to the fire! -LOL)
I find that it becomes a problem with my devotions and prayer life too. I have good intentions. I start and make a promise to keep going. But then I get distracted and away I fly in my super-pastor costume off to help save the day. And I didn’t even stop to charge my abilities with the power of God through prayer and Bible study (ouch). Good intentions will not get you very far. In fact, they will stop you dead in your tracks. My wife and my family and even my congregation get frustrated because they want a preacher that is constant in God’s word.
When I look at my weight loss journey I find that I fight with consistency too. I do well at watching what I put in my mouth in some circumstances and yet in other situations I don’t bother. It is frustrating to my family and friends when I do this. Either watch your weight or don’t.
I tell people I like to run and exercise. But I find that my consistency is poor there too. When the weather is fair I love to get outside and do some laps or exercise or work in the yard. But when it is too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, too snowy, too bright, too dark, or too yukky than I am too lazy. Again, this frustrates those who are looking at me for consistency.
In Acts, we see the the Apostles, followers, and even their families were joining together in constant prayer. They were told to wait and so they were spending in being productive. Their constant prayers paid off as they prepared for a new kind of ministry… to be Jesus’ witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the rest of the world. They literally were doing what the scriptures say, “Pray without ceasing”.
God wants you to be consistent in all you do. It is time to stop going through life like a feather on the wind and allow God’s spirit to really do something in your life. Don’t be a frustration to others. Get with it!
Dear Heavenly Father, God, I praise you for who you are. You have been a constant presence and light in my life. I ask you, Father, to help me be consistent in my life for you. Help me to be constant in prayer, study, and ministry. Help me also to have the strength and consistency in other areas of my life as well. I ask you to help me be consistent living up to your word, exercising, watching what I eat, and writing this blog. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
“You cannot achieve a new goal by applying the same level of thinking that got you where you are today.”
— Albert Einstein
“Without a quest, life is quickly reduced to bleak black and wimpy white, a diet too bland to get anybody out of bed in the morning. A quest fuels our fire. It refuses to let us drift downstream gathering debris.”
— Charles Swindoll