PRAYER: A man’s daily discipline of talking with his Creator in order to build his Faith. (Q1.10).
The Daily Discipline Of Talking With The Creator In Order To Build Faith
A Virtuous Leader must have Faith
The third component of the Get Right is Faith, which is a man’s Right relationship with his Creator, the SkyQ.
Recall that the Get Right is the first of the four quadrants of the QSource. It is the pursuit of proper personal alignment. The Get Right is a condition precedent to the other three quadrants, such that a man who is not properly aligned cannot Live Right, Lead Right or Leave Right. To do those things he must first Get Right. To be Right is to be in the normal and upright position—where a man should be. This is achieved through the DRP, the daily Commitment to Accelerate Fitness, Fellowship and Faith.
Fitness is the first component of the Get Right. It is a man’s Right relationship with himself. Fitness is comprised of the King (the daily discipline of physically training the body), the Queen (the daily discipline over what is put into the body) and resistance to the Jester, which is the unique temptation of the flesh that threatens to hinder Acceleration.
Fellowship is the second component of the Get Right. It is a man’s healthy relationship with the people in his Proximity, what we call the Concentrica. While Fitness is largely an inward-seeking endeavor, Fellowship is primarily outward-seeking. It is the sum total of a man’s relationships with his family, friends and Community—the people he will most directly IMPACT during his life. Keeping those relationships Accelerating throughout his lifetime takes as much daily discipline and attention as it does to maintain his weight and waistline. In fact, Accelerating Fellowship requires even more skillful effort from a man because it necessitates collaboration with other people, who have minds, attitudes, anxieties and objectives of their own.
Faith is the third component of the Get Right. Faith is a man’s Right relationship with his Creator. A man cannot Live, Lead or Leave Right unless he is Accelerating this relationship along with his Fitness and Fellowship. He does it in three ways, through Prayer , Study and Meeting . This QPoint and the next two are focused on Faith.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
- “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” James Cameron
- “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau
- “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden
Daily Storytelling Time
Avoyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island.
The two survivors who have been a good friends, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.
The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.
After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, there was nothing.
Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing.
Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island.
He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.
As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?”
“My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered. “His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”
“You are mistaken!” the voice rebuked him. “He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”
“Tell me,” the first man asked the voice, “What did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”
“He prayed that all your prayers be answered “
Moral: For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us (Congregational Prayer). Value your friends, don’t leave your loved ones behind