Excited and Expectant over Prayer

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.         (Mark 1:35)
Let me tell you a story. On one of our family vacations, we had no idea where we were going. We packed up the Suburban, loaded the kids, and flipped a coin to see where we would go. We would decide to go east, west, north, or south. We kept flipping until some direction lost. We decided to go east, and we ended up going northeast. 
It was one of those vacations that I thoroughly enjoyed because there was no agenda. We were just traveling, and we ended up in Arkansas. When it was about time to pull off the road, our kids saw this hotel with a huge dome. It was totally covered. They said, “Let's stay there.” I said, “Okay.” We drove in and got a room. Inside the hotel, there was a huge swimming pool with a dome over it. It also had a pool table and some video games. There were kids all over the place having a blast. It was very obvious why my kids wanted to stay here. 
Because I wanted to spend time alone with God on vacation, I needed to find a time when I could commune with God. Where could I go to be alone? I first went to the bathroom and realized that wasn't very comfortable. Also, I would definitely be interrupted. Because it was early in the morning, I decided to go down into that covered recreation area, and find a spot to be all by myself. 
As I was reading the Word of God and spending time alone with the Lord and journaling, I saw a door open on the second floor. Suddenly, an eighth-grade boy came running out. Normally, eighth-grade boys don't get up this early. He came running out, ran down the stairs, and hit the pool table. He had no idea that I was there, and I felt interrupted. 
As I began to focus back on the Lord, He whispered to me in my heart, “Do you see that boy?” All I could say was, “Yes, sir.” Then His Spirit prompted a question, “Do you see how excited he is to play pool? Are you that excited to spend time alone with Me?” God clearly wants us to spend time with Him and He wants us to be expectant about that time.
Let me ask you the same question: Are you excited to spend time with the Lord each day? Are you expectant about what He will say to you when you listen to Him and read His Word? If not, I encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to renew your excitement. Ask Him to light a burning desire within you to spend time with Him each day!
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Betty Jane Laughlin - January 8th, 2023 at 5:43am

I do look forward to spending time with my Heavenly Father each morning when I arise and each night when I go to sleep. I must admit that I don't always spend enough time alone with Him before I jump into the days activities. I will concentrate on spending more time with Him so I can hear Him speak to me

James W. Howell - January 8th, 2023 at 1:29pm

It is My favorite time of The day spending time with the Lord GOD Almighty in the 🌄 and throughout the Day. God is Love Grace And Glory. I love JESUS !






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