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Its not about you. You were made by God and for God. Life is about letting God use you for His purposes. Do you know God's purpose for your life? Do you understand how all the pieces of your life fit together? Have you become what God created you to be? God made you for a reason and your life has profound meaning. Nothing matters more than knowing God's purposes for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them. There are eternal consequences to what you do with your life. Major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, underserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies will test you.

Our time on earth, our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, resources and prayer are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management. Ask God to help you see life on earth as He sees it. It's all for Him. When we fulfill our purpose, it brings glory to God. Life is for His glory. To worship God is to bring Him glory. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving Him, and giving ourselves to be used for His purposes. He wants us to grow to spiritual maturity (becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel, and act). The more you develop Christ-like character, the more you bring glory to God. We bring glory to God by using our talents, gifts, skills, and abilities to serve others and help them to know Him.

Living your life for the glory of God will require you to change your priorities, your schedule, your relationships, and everything else in obedience to His will. Do whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. Obedience will teach you more about God that anything else. You were made to live in God's continual presence. God wants to be included in every activity, every conversation, every problem, and even every thought. The more time you spend reviewing what God has said, the more you will understand the 'secrets' of this life that most people miss. You are as close to God as you chose to be. Ask God to give you a passion for Him. Don't miss the most important thing in life-knowing God. Give God your time. Give God yourself. The more you become God's friend, the more you will care about the things he cares about, grieve over the things he grieves over, and rejoice over the things that bring pleasure to Him. Adopt the way God thinks-about yourself, sin, God, other people, life, you future, and everything else. Take on Christ's outlook and perspective. Be like Jesus. Every day God wants you to become a little more like Him.

Life is not about you. Prayer is not about you. Prayer was made by God and for God. Begin each day with God. Ask God for wisdom. Ask God to direct your steps. Prayer has a purpose in bringing about God's will in the world. Prayer is the key to knowing and accomplishing God's purposes for your life, the church, the world, eternity. There are eternal consequences to your prayers. Will you persevere in prayer? Prayer is for God's glory. Look for God in all of life, every event, every day. Pray that His will be done in your life. Pray for a passion and commitment to God. Live for the glory of God. Pray for the glory of God. The smile of God is the goal of your life. God is with you all the time; no place is any closer to God than the place you are right now. Enter into His presence with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Continue praying throughout the day about all the things you see going on around you.

Life's events are reminders of who God is, His promises, and His will for the world-reminders to pray. God always acts in your best interest, even when it is painful and you don't understand it. Every time you trust God's wisdom and do whatever he says, even when you don't understand it, you deepen your friendship with God. Serious reflection on God's truth is a key to answered prayer and the secret to successful living. It is during suffering that we learn to pray our most authentic, heartfelt, honest-to-God prayers. Problems force us to look to God and depend on Him instead of ourselves. Let us have confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.

A purpose driven life is nourished by purpose driven prayer--prayer that seeks God's glory, the reign of God in our lives and God's will to be done on earth just as it is in heaven. I pray that God will be glorified in our lives and in His church, both now and forever.

Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory.   Romans 11:36

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