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What if the experience you had going to church or attending a small group is not a recharge but an actual power source, meaning when you’re not plugged in (i.e., church or small group), you’re completely powerless? What if when we left church or a small group to go out into the world, we literally had no power?

When you go to your job or partake in any activity outside of your household, others come in contact with you. These people get to see God reflected in your life. We all have our own abilities, merit, and experience, but we can’t do our “other” job for God and fulfill His purpose in our lives without being connected to Jesus.

John 15
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 

This is the connection that Jesus wants each one of us to have with Him. The same connection Jesus has with His Father.

Since Jesus is our source of spiritual power, we can do nothing in a life without Him. We have no spiritual impact in the material world. We have a God-given purpose in this world, our lives, everywhere we go, and everyone we come in contact with. But we cannot fulfill that purpose if we’re not connected to our source of power. 

When we go through our days disconnected from Jesus, we end up working out our own purposes or the purposes of others instead.

We don’t intend this to happen, but when we’re disconnected from that source of power, we can’t help ourselves. We want to do good and give our best selves to the world. We can be really good neighbors and use our abilities for betterment, but we have no eternal impact on the Kingdom of Heaven. We do not affect the souls around us without being connected to Jesus through prayer. And our default when we’re disconnected from Jesus is to set our will for our own or someone else's purposes. So, it just happens. It’s not an intentional thing. But what prayer does is bring us back into alignment with Jesus.

Imagine having a cup of hot water and a tea bag. You dunk the tea bag twice and throw it away. All you get is weak tea-flavored hot water, and that’s the best we could hope for with that method. But what if you put the tea bag in there and let it steep? There’s no longer hot water and a tea bag. It’s now tea. It’s one thing. A union takes place, and it’s the same thing when we soak in prayer with Jesus.

The connection we need with Jesus is a true communion, the sharing or exchanging intimate thoughts and feelings. But when you’re your own worst critic, it makes this action more challenging. As we go about our day, Jesus’s voice will be drowned out by all the other voices we hear by the critic within. So, we’re no longer able to hear Jesus. And then we’re out of alignment again.

It's easy to be a skeptic when praying. When you ask God for things and pray over and over without the results you’re asking for, you might feel like God doesn’t hear you. But that’s not the case.

You’re not getting what you ask for because your motives are wrong. You’re asking for them out of your selfish motivation.  

This is what happens when we’re out of alignment with Jesus. Our inner voices, drive, motivations, and words and expressions of others drown out Jesus’s voice. Then we pray and start asking for things that run counter to His will. And He’s not going to give us things that run counter to His will, but He will provide at the right time for His will.

When you realize you want that connection with Jesus more than anyone else, you’ll continue praying and forming a vital union with Jesus. To fulfill God’s purposes in your life.

Jesus is always going to meet you where you’re at. Start sharing your heart and life with Him, and then listen for Him to share His heart and life with you. Now you’ve got this connection, keep that going, and keep coming back to it. That’s how you start.

Suppose you have external or internal noise affecting your focus; that needs to be silenced first so that you can hear the voice of Jesus resonating in your soul. Start today. Sometime today. Make it a habit, and you will forever be changed. And so will the people around you.

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