“The first obligation is to get your own spiritual life in order through regular scriptural study and daily prayer.” – Howard W. Hunter
My own spiritual launch began when I moved from casual to full consecration to the Lord. When I began devoting a full hour daily to Christ, the heavens opened and a fire hose of revelation arrived day after day. It was so exciting and challenging. I challenge you to experiment with one hour, or at least a significant increase from what you are doing now. This doesn’t need to be a full hour of reading scriptures. It can be an eclectic variety of sacred activities, reading, journaling, praying, meditating, etc.
I have created a Power Hour agenda that I use to guide my mornings. I don’t do every single thing on that agenda every morning, but I often hit most of them and some mornings I don’t use it at all when directed to other ideas. In full disclosure, I don’t hit the mark and do my Power Hour every morning. Let’s be honest folks… I have 7 kids and I’m riddled with imperfection and crazy things constantly thrown into my life. Yet, I do “frequently” come before the Lord and give extended time to connecting with my great friend and mentor. He repays me generously for the visits. Try it out as a spiritual experiment and I’d love to hear of your experience.
Here are some of my favorite lines from the hymn Sweet Hour of Prayer, Stanza 2:
“Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!”
I like the connection here between an hour of prayer and “Where God my Savior shows His face.” That has always been one of my spiritual longings, to obtain the Second Comforter, to see the face of God. That is a promised gift for all believers who seek it.
Consecration is a prerequisite to steady and ongoing revelation.
“What am I holding back? Is there any area of my life not fully consecrated to Christ?
Is there a part of the world I’m holding onto?”
“Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord.” Ex. 32:29