We have 24 hours each day. Can you give to God at least 24 minutes of your day? It will be life-changing! Here are 5 steps to tithing your time back to God:
Step 1-Protective and Covering Prayer (5 Minutes)
“Father God, I praise you and thank you for today. Thank you for another day to love and serve you and others! I give this day and my entire life to you. I cast all of my cares and worries over to you and thank you that you are with me each step. Organize my steps and help me in every decision.
I ask you to examine my heart, and please forgive me for anything I said, thought or acted upon that was not pleasing to You. Thank you for a fresh start today. Empty me of myself and fill me with you Jesus.
I plead the protective blood of the Lord Jesus, and call forth surrounding, guardian, warfare, ministering and protective angels over myself, my spouse/parents, my children, my pastors (co-workers, students etc.) and each and every one of my family, friends, loved ones and neighbors seen and unseen. I thank you that everything we come in contact with is blessed, safe and sanctified in the name of Jesus.
I bind all witchcraft, demonic and occult spirits acts, deeds and every devilish thing sent out against me and my family in the mighty name of Jesus. I bind astral projection and forbid its operation in the mighty name of Jesus. I bind every negative wicked word spoken over me, against me, around me, about me or even by me knowing or unknowingly and cancel its assignment in the name of Jesus. I declare that the enemy is deaf dumb, blind and mute, unable to perceive us at all , and totally confounded with every door shut in the name of Jesus.
I pray Psalm 91 over myself and my family and thank you for being a protective wall of fire around us.
Psalm 91 (NLT)
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
Step 2-Thanksgiving and Petitions (7 Minutes)
“I love you Lord and thank You for lead, guiding and directing me in all wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Today I thank You for (List all of your blessings)
Today I ask for (List your needs) according to Your good and perfect will and timing. I trust you and thank you that You will provide all of our needs according to Your riches and glory in Christ Jesus
Today I pray for (List the needs of others).
By obedience to Your Word, I forgive (List those you need to forgive, including yourself). I thank You that You will heal every hurt and thank You for helping me walk in love.
I pray today for the mind of Christ, and that all I put my hands can and will prosper. I thank you that I am in a more than a conqueror in you. I thank you that I walk in your favor today everywhere I go!
Thank you for opportunities and opportunities to show Your love today.
I love You and glorify Your name. Thank You for saving me and loving me. Help me become more like You Jesus.”
Step 3-Meditation (2 Minutes)
Meditate on one verse or passage. Write it on a card or sticky note and read it aloud now and throughout the day. If you are struggling in an area, find a verse that you can focus on (healing, forgiveness, peace, etc.)
Step 4-Worship (5 Minutes)
Play or sing a song of worship to God. Spend time in your prayer language.
Step 5-Be Silent (5 Minutes)
Grab a notebook, journal or voice recorder, and as you worship God be still for a moment to hear from Him. He may give you a word, phrase, vision or confirmation. If you do not hear anything, do not become discouraged. He is always working on your behalf. That silent moment may be just the peace you need before starting your day.
Be consistent. This time does not take long and you have to make a quality decision to get up early, find a quiet place (even if it is the bathroom or car). If there is noise and distraction around you, get earplugs, put on instrumental worship music or ask God to help you focus!
Be sincere. This is not a checklist for you to cross off; it is a guide to start your day in prayer! Be open and honest with God! If you forget to pray, do not fall into condemnation. Repent, and move forward! There is no condemnation in Christ!
God longs to spend time with you. He is waiting with open arms!
Give Him all the time you can. Everything else can wait!
About the Author:
Pastor Meg Hart founded Restored Women in 2015. This ministry was birthed into her heart from God as a result of the great restoration she experienced through Jesus in her own life.
She started the ministry to help women discover, embrace and live out their full God-given purpose, call and destiny.
Recently, she expanded her vision and is launching Restored Global whose mission is to help bring revelation, redirection and restoration of one’s destiny and purpose pointing people all over the world to their calling in Christ Jesus.
She is a proud mother of her daughter Mackenzie and serves as Life Church in Williamstown, NJ.
She is an ordained pastor through Global Ministries and Relief, Inc, and the Full Gospel Fellowship. She holds a master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, post master's certificate in Leadership and Accountability from Capella University and is currently in her final year as a doctoral student for the EdD in Performance Improvement Leadership.
She serves as a leadership, public speaking and communications professor, trainer and consultant and serves the community as a hospital chaplain. She is also a certified police chaplain.
She is a servant leader and world-changer with a compassionate heart on fire for God!
Pastor Megan Hart