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Day 10 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

Day 10 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

A Deeper Foundation

 

“You can only go as far for God as you have time with God.”—Jim Maxim

“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” —Luke 6:48 (esv)

I was in downtown Pittsburgh one afternoon sitting at a red light and, as I looked over to my left, I saw a large construction site being developed. The men were wearing their work belts, carrying different pieces of building materials, and very intently focusing on getting their jobs done. The architects had their drawings spread out as they reviewed plans with the foreman. The cement trucks were all lined up on the street ready to pour the foundation. I was wondering where they were going to start pouring when I saw it—a giant hole.

I wondered how deep it was. I sat up in my seat as tall as I could to see the bottom of the hole. I was amazed at how far down it went. At that moment, I felt the Holy Spirit gently moving in my heart and speaking softly to me: Jim, you can go with God only as far as you have time with God. The greater the size of the building, the deeper its foundation must be. Immediately, I understood what He was saying. I could see my life in front of me; I could see the desire Cathy and I had to walk with God, to bring Him glory, and to build His church in whatever way He chose with us. He was gently reminding me that the higher we desired to build in His name, the deeper we had to go in our relationship with Him.

I thought of all the Christian men and women of God I had read about, those who were used by God generations ago and those being used by Him today to build His kingdom. I could see the one common denominator: unlike so many others, they understood that their first priority was to be with Him.

“You can go with God only as far as you have time with Him. There are no shortcuts for anyone and there never will be.” Our spirit man, the real us, must be in God’s presence continually, because that’s where we are fed and watered. There we minister to Him and He changes us. Remember, the very first thing God our Father did after accepting the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was to tear the veil that separated mankind from walking into the Holy of Holies. Before that day, only the high priest could enter God’s presence. Now it is open to everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and is saved. Our greatest privilege is to be with God.

I knew that God was waiting for me to discipline myself to spend more time with Him. I knew that His desire was to show me more of Himself and the true power of prayer. I knew that He was offering me what He has for all His children, a deeper life with Him. He was waiting for my response. It wasn’t long after this that God’s blessing exploded in so many areas of our lives. It was as if this secret, “the secret place,” was no longer a secret to us. Prayer had become the reality God had intended all along.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.(James 5:16 nasb)

Each of us must come to the realization that we can accomplish much more in every area of our lives when our attitude and actions about prayer are “effective and fervent.” (See James 5:16 kjv.) God delights in answering those fervent prayers, but most of us in every walk of life have believed the enemy’s lie that we are “too busy” for time alone with God.

Today, we will come to the Lord in prayer to take that lie “captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). No one is too busy to come before God in the quiet of the secret place. We will pray for our pastors and our church leaders as well, that they would spend time alone with God no matter how hectic their lives might be. We will pray that the church will come together to pray for the pastors’ burdens as they seek God’s face for the congregation. And we will pray for one another, that we may remember that “you can go with God only as far as you have time with God.”

 

Excerpt from 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer, © 2018 by Jim Maxim, published by Whitaker House. Used with permission.