5 Ways to Become a Watchman for God
By concentrating on learning more about God I can become His watchman.
Lessons on Communicating with God
Colossians 4:2 says:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
I like that idea — to devote myself to prayer — but how can I accomplish it? While studying Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle — The 40 Day Prayer Challenge I realized that prayer is beyond any expectations that I ever thought possible.
I would like to become a watchman for God.
And to do that I must stay alert to what’s happening around me. That way I can help others, I can thank God and be grateful for His help.
Mark says: Prayer is the difference between seeing with our physical eyes and seeing with our spiritual eyes.
Here are 5 ways I have found to bridge the gap between earth and the unseen world.
1. Pray specifically for God to open your eyes
Only God can open our spiritual eyes.
I know when I do this that I will be seeing things I would normally pass over. I will see divine appointments. I will notice where God is leading me.
The Aramaic word for prayer means “set a trap for”.
Instead of thinking of prayer as a list of wants we need to see prayer as a way to ask God to speak to us. (tweet this)
Waiting for Him to give us wisdom. Waiting for Him to answer our questions.
2. Prayer is a two-way conversation.
We need to remember it isn’t just us speaking. God can reply. God speaks through our dreams, our desires, our promptings, impressions and ideas. The Holy Spirit helps us to do this. We could say the Holy Spirit is our Sixth Sense. He helps us see into the spiritual realm and to hear across the divide between earth and heaven. That’s the way to become a watchman.
3. Be prepared for work and practice.
Set a time each day to practice the art of prayer. Set your alarm if you need to get up earlier. Be specific in what you ask and then wait. This prayer journey must become routine. We need to do it each day.
4. Read God’s Word daily.
Start using God’s Word as an offence. Pray the Scriptures.
Mark says: Quit talking to God about your problem and start talking to your problem about God.
5. Read devotionals, Bible studies and thoughtful theologians.
These resources will help enrich your experience. Make sure that the references you are using are biblical. I like books that are filled with scriptures.
Here are a few books that I enjoy:
This prayer journey can be exciting. But we need to begin. So if you haven’t asked God to open your spiritual eyes, do so today and begin a wonderful, exciting journey into communicating with God.
May I pray for you and me?
Thank You Father for this wonderful way to communicate with you. Help us to learn more and more as we ask for Your help. Jesus taught us how to pray by saying Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. For ever and ever. Amen.
Until next time, I would love to hear about your prayer journey.
Remember to take time each day to pray and read God’s Word.
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