Positioned for Greatness

I grew tired of looking around at what everyone else was doing and measuring it against what I wasn't doing. 

I started to question myself... 

Why are others progressing in life as I sit at a complete stand still? Was I not good enough? Was God not faithful to the word He spoke over my life? 

Do you at times become trapped in a similar pattern of thinking? Wait, don't we all? I mean, it's kinda hard not to look at the success of your neighbour, and wonder, hmm where did I go wrong? 

Comparing ourselves to each other cannot be our barometer for success!

As a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul talks about this in Galatians 6: 4. He encourages us to refrain from looking at what others are doing. Rather, we ought to focus on ourselves; looking to see what we can be proud of within ourselves.

Let's not forget: we're human! Yes, there will be times when we slip up, getting all caught up in our feelings.

Ladies be careful, because this is exactly what the enemy wants!

He would have us focus on our feelings by creating lies about our reality. He would want us questioning ourselves, our faith as well as the faithfulness of God, rather than being grateful for where we at, as we continue to focus on our goals ahead. 

Now don't get me wrong, it's not all doom and gloom. Asking the right questions can be a good thing- a liberating experience. Because in moments like these, we're often lead unto a path of discovery!

As I began questioning myself and my faith in God, I started to think, what could be holding me back? Was it something that I was doing wrong? Was it something I wasn't doing enough of? 

I sincerely wanted to know the formula. You know, the thing that gets us from point A to point C, that moves us from a position of less power to more power, from an impoverished life to one of wealth. What enables us to live a prosperous and successful life? That formula to those questions was what I was dying to know.

As I continued my quest, God whispered into my spirit a four letter word: pray.

As soft as it was, it rang loudly in my spirit! 

PRAY

"Like now? You want me to pray now Lord?"

To answer, this was the scripture that followed. 

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
— Psalm 63: 1-2

For years, God has been nudging me to get up early to seek Him. And for whatever reason, I continually fail to do this. I find every excuse in the book (the book I'm convinced, I wrote). 

It's funny because when I think of prayer, there's a bit of anxiety that goes along with it. There's anxiety because I am not fervently praying- which really means praying consistently, continually and with passion. In other words, I wasn't making prayer a priority in my life. I wasn't challenging myself in this specific area. Sure, I would talk to God everyday, but I wasn't intentionally sitting at His feet. I wasn't intentionally praying in the Spirit, allowing Him to download the mysteries of heaven- the secrets I sure could've used in my day to day life. I wasn't praying to whole heartedly hear from God and I wasn't opening myself up to have Him interrupt my day so that He could inform everyone of my decisions. 

I was lacking a disciplined prayer life. I wanted the power but I refused to count the cost.

You know, there’s a certain expectation that goes along with becoming successful. The expectation for one is that success will happen, but importantly, there will be assistance along the way. 
— Monique Chambers

What I've failed to realize, the assistance I was looking for, that magic formula I was craving, laid in my prayer life. Every person I've looked up to have all said that they attributed their success in life to simply a disciplined prayer life.

Perhaps it was time to get over that sweet sleep I so absolutely love and learn to sit at the foot of Jesus. Since He has the answers to life's most complex questions and carries the solutions to the concerns of my heart, why wouldn't I make communicating with Him a priority?

Here's how things have changed:

Now I get up super early to pray and to seek God's counsel. I cannot begin to tell you the change I've experienced in my life! I have such clarity and focus. I operate with great confidence and assurance in everything I do. Hey, look at it this way; God knows everything I don't know, including the simple steps I need to take so that I may be positioned for greatness. But this revelation isn't just for me, it's for you! Let's do this together. Let's make prayer a priority!

Have you surrendered EVERY area of your life to God? If not, what is holding you back? God has great plans for you! Don't let YOU get in the way of your destiny. Allow God to position you for greatness!

Monique Chambers