Less Fashion, More Fire!

kneeling_in_prayer“In the last days.. People will have the appearance of godliness, but deny its power.” (2 Tim 3)

I love fashion but fashion doesn’t save someone from hell. It seems like some preachers are more concerned for how they looked than how their sermon was cooked. Leonard Ravenhill once said,

No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organisers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few prayers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors; few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.

Don’t Make Snap Decisions!

My personality type loves to make decisions quickly. Once I get the information I tend to move very quickly and not hesitate. However, the bigger the decision the more time you need to process and specifically pray into it. I am amazed at how flippant some people are with making major life decisions at the turn of a dime. It tells me a few things. One, they weren’t that committed to their original course of action in the first place. Two, they really haven’t sufficiently processed all the key issues at hand and three, they haven’t adequately prayed into God’s heart for their situation.

Some decisions in life can be made quite quickly, others need the course of time to be outworked. There’s a big difference between turning a Ferrari performance vehicle around a corner and turning an 18 wheeler mac truck around a corner. One can be done quickly, the other needs to be anticipated and planned for.

At every major juncture of my life I have spent considerable time, praying and gathering the necessary data required to turn the corner into the next season God has been leading me into. There is always more at stake for yourself and others than what most of us give credit for. God is strategic. he’s not flippant, impetuous or anxious. He never makes a decision out of a sense of pressure or impatience. So why should you and I? Keep in mind that what may seem planned and prepared from your perspective may seem quite risky and impetuous from someone else’s perspective. So don’t base all of your processing on the opinions of others. But that doesn’t discount the fact that you need to listen to the advice of others.

I can’t over emphasise the importance of saturating your decision-making in prayer. I have taken out massive chunks of time to spend hours in prayer for weeks, if not months on end before a major decision. Every major decision has been birthed in prayer and sustained by prayer. Because of my commitment to this process I have seen great fruit come out of my decisions. My flesh hasn’t always wanted to slow down and pray it through but my spirit has thanked me for it. There is a lot of wisdom in taking the time to hear God, hear others and your own heart. Prayer is the vital link between heaven and earth and God’s will and your will. Listen, from experience, prayer really works. God really does lead you and great outcomes are a result.

The Oracle!