March 19 The Value of Prayer

Scripture reading: Joshua 1:1–9

Key verse: Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The value of spending time alone with God in prayer cannot be underestimated. It’s more than a spiritual exercise to be checked off as you move through your schedule for the day. It’s a vital part of your growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

You learn to develop a quiet spirit. When you stop the rush and bustle of the moment and sit before Him, the harried feelings begin to melt away. If you’ve done a good job of putting aside all possible distractions, you can focus on Him alone and feel His peace settle over you.

Your heart will be purified. Your motives will be sifted, clarifying your purpose and helping you view your life and circumstances from the perspective of God’s Word. He gives you this promise: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

You can confirm outside counsel. If something others are telling you doesn’t square with what God says in prayer and the Word, then you know to reject others’ advice. The Holy Spirit interprets Scripture to you as you read, reminding you of what you know and adding to your learning with further dimensions of truth.

Lord, as I wait before You in prayer today, speak to me through Your Word. Purify my heart, sift my motives, clarify my purpose, and help me view my circumstances from Your perspective.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 82). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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