Over the last few years, I have desired more and more of Jesus. I can’t get enough of Him! I decided to be more intentional in my walk with the Lord. I started praying for a desire to pursue the Lord and know more of Him. I went back to the basics, to know more of who I was as a child of God and who He was as a Father to me. I wanted to relearn and develop a deeper relationship with Jesus. I felt it was time to let go of myself and what I wanted and desired and seek after what God desired for me. I knew I have a calling and felt I was not growing in certain areas. I recommitted myself to the will of God but I knew without the foundation being strong, I’d sink back to complacency and even though I had a healthy devotion and prayer life, something was lacking. The fulfillment tank was half full and I wanted it to not be full but to overflow.
The bible says that God is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). I love learning from Jesus about how to be with God the Father. Jesus was intentional in His relationship with the Father Even though He was the Son of God; He pursued a relationship with Him. He was obedient to the Father, He submitted to the will of God, He often withdrew and prayed and He only did what the Father desired Him to do (John 12:29). Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice that would bridge the gap between man and God brought about by sin. There’s not one scripture that says Jesus was worried about His needs because He trusted the Father to provide. I found myself hungering for more of that, to cast each care unto the Lord and just do what He has called me to do. It wasn’t easy and I still go through moments where I want to take control but the Holy Spirit reminds me Gods got it.
How do we become intentional?
- Remember God was intentional when He gave His Son as a ransom for us so we need to be intentional in our pursuit of Him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- He was also intentional when He created us.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
- Be intentional in your prayer life. Jesus often withdrew to pray. We ought to do the same. Find a room in your house where you can pray without interruptions. Turn off the TV, and spend some quiet time with the Lord. You can wake up early if the demands of your family don’t allow you to pray before bed. He is the God of rest and when you make Him your priority, from experience He gives you rest.
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
- Be intentional in your devotion life. Set time apart to read the word. It’s very important to have the word of God hidden in your The bible says in Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. The word acts as a guide in our daily life. We know what scripture to turn to for different seasons in our life. Know the word.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace
- The bible also tells us to renew our minds. Read the word. Hide it in your heart.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Be intentional in listening to Him. When you are done praying, don’t just say amen and leave His presence, be still, be quiet and let Him speak. Prayer is not a monologue but a dialogue.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
- Write down what He tells you.
When the Lord speaks, write down what He’s telling you. He might be giving you instructions or direction about something you are praying about for yourself or for others. Also write down your prayer requests and prayer them out loud then write what you perceive the Holy Spirit is saying. Whatever God tells us is backed up with scripture.
- Be intentional in your worship. Praise God with everything you’ve got. Praise Him for a new day, for your life, health, provision and all your blessings. Praise Him for bringing through many battles and hardships and praise Him for the many victories He’s brought you. Your praise will always get Gods attention.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.