The following is an excerpt from our daily devotional “Fellowship with the Father,” written by IFA contributing writer Remco Brommet.
Welcome to thirty days of Fellowship with the Father! This prayer guide consists of weekly prayer digests for True Identity Ministries that were edited to provide a comprehensive, day-by-day journey into deeper fellowship with God.
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You will find Scripture based meditations on the various dimensions of a daily prayer walk along with suggestions for your daily prayer time.
My aim is to help you grow closer to God, get to know Him more deeply as your heavenly Father, and form habits of staying connected with Him that will help you through easy times and hard times.
In the process you will learn to come, be still, listen, delight in the Father’s presence, pray and intercede according to His will, strive in prayer when necessary, and do battle against the forces of spiritual darkness.
You will learn to pray and commune with God as a child, as a priest and as a warrior.
Our times are challenging. I began writing prayer pointers and weekly digests for our True Identity Ministries network shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, there have been riots, looting, violence, economic problems, and natural disasters with an intensity we have not witnessed before. One gets the sense that the End Times have leapt closer, and that “shakings” have been unleashed in accordance with their predictions in the Bible!
All the more reason to stay closely connected to the Lord on a daily basis. It builds our faith, guards our hearts and minds from worry and anxiety with His peace, gives us His perspective amid chaotic news reporting, and empowers us to shine our lights and give hope to the people around us.
The last thing God wants is for you to be scared and cower. He needs His people to be strong in prayer and witness like never before.
Not only that. Our friendship with Him is what God values the most. It is what we have been saved for. Listen to what Oswald Chambers has to say:
“The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain (with God) and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.”
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, August 4
The Psalmist writes:
“The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant.”
His desire is for us to revere Him and love Him (that is what “fearing the Lord” in the Biblical sense means). When we do, our hearts are set on Him and He will reveal His covenant to us. What is a covenant, you may ask? It is the closest relationship one can have in the universe! In other words: God expresses in His Word a desire to have the closest relationship possible with those who will walk with Him.
So – dive in, make your time with God a daily priority, let Him be your dearest and closest Friend, and watch Him change your life, destress you, and help you walk in victory!
It has been said that one of the most important things in life is showing up. That pretty much confirms what God says in His Word:
“Come to me, all ye who are weary and heavy laden…” (Mt. 11:28)
“Come, everyone who thirsts…” (Isaiah 55:1)
“Come to me and hear, that your soul may live…” (Isaiah 55:3)
He wants us to cast our cares on Him, and listen to Him to receive His truth and perspective, which set us free from false perceptions and anxiety. But that won’t happen unless we come.
And so we must make this our very intentional first step. To show up.
But what does that mean for you in practical terms? How do you do that when your days are full of frantic activity, and you feel like you’re chasing yourself?
How do you reorder your schedule to ensure He gets the first time slot of your day? Perhaps unplug from TV, cellphone, and computer for an hour? Get up before the kids do? Or go for a prayer walk around the neighborhood because it’s too noisy inside your house?
His ministry to us begins with us coming to Him. “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). No impartation of truth, comfort, strength, peace, or guidance will happen unless we seek Him first.
I think that “coming to Him” means three things:
1. Make room in your hearts (desire His presence)
2. Make room in your schedule (eliminate busy-ness and hurry)
3. Make room in your home (have a designated meeting place with Him where you keep your journal,
Bible, and devotional).
That may take some doing, but I believe it is possible. Perhaps your appointed time is your drive to and from work, or the 20 minutes before bed. Perhaps the appointed place is your car, or a particular chair at home, or a stool in a closet. Whatever it takes. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Today’s Prayer Assignment
Take some time today to think through reordering your life around an unhurried, intentional “coming” – showing up, drawing near, so He can draw near to you!
Then ask Him to help you with creativity and resolve. After all, He wants to draw near to you – so He will help you draw near to Him. All you really need is a thirsty heart.
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Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual-growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years of experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the U.S. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and pastored his first church in Amsterdam. He moved to the U.S. in 1986. He and his wife, Jennifer, live north of Atlanta. When not writing books, he blogs at www.deeperlifeblog.com and assists his wife as a content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: Canva.