“Better Decisions”

Thought for Today: Better Decisions

There are times in life when you wish that you made better decisions. You have learned to deal with the decisions you have made in life and just chalked it up to experience.   

But, you are in a position to make a big decision in your life, and the decision you make will not only affect you, but it will also affect your family,  friends, and those around you. Your flesh is pushing you to do one thing, the world is telling you to do another, and the devil is flooding your mind with all kinds of crazy options. You are asking what you should do, and Jesus said in Luke 18:1 that men (women) should always pray and not faint.   

The Holy Spirit of God says to you, pray. I know you may be afraid to ask these questions, but I will ask it for you: “Why do I need to pray? What is praying going to do? How is praying going to help me?” These are questions that many will not ask in public because they don’t want to be seen as heathens. I need you to take off your religious robe, be honest and ask God “Why do I need to pray?” I have discovered in my 22 years of preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ that understanding the “why” of doing something can be a motivating force. Why pray? 

There are many Hebrew words for the word prayer. One of the words that caught my attention when studying prayer in the Hebrew language is the word “paga” which means to meet, encounter, or join.   

When you say that you are going to pray, what the spirit realm hears is “I am going to meet with, encounter, commune with and join with God about this.” The reason why the enemy has diluted the word “prayer” in the church is because of the power that this word has in its original context. When Jesus said men should always pray and faint not, he was saying we should always meet with, encounter, commune with, and join with God the Father about whatever is going on in our life.   

This was the plan of God since the beginning. Genesis 3:8 says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him where art thou?” 

You have to get this in your spirit, when God created the garden of Eden, the Word of God said He put man in the midst of the garden. In Genesis 2:8, God created a place to paga (meet with, encounter, commune with, and join) with Adam and Eve. But when Adam and Eve sinned, the Word of God says that He (God) drove out the man and placed him at the east of the garden of Eden with Cherubim’s and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life (which was in the garden). 

Did you know that after God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden, He created another special place to meet with, commune with, and join with humanity? Did you know that, even at this very moment, the Father created a special place for you to meet with, commune with, and join with Him 24 hours 7 days a week? And the truth of the matter is, in this special place, you do not have to bow your head, close your eyes, get on your knees, or put your hands together to let Him know that you want to meet (pray), but you can. When you say “Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus” the fullness of who God is arises from the throne of your heart and you have His undivided attention. This is that special place that you can pray from.  


Let me show you this in the Word of God. John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” In John 14:23 the Word says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him, and WE WILL COME UNTO HIM AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM (we will have a special place in their heart where we (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) will dwell.” The fullness of who God is now dwells on the throne of your heart. This is where God created a special meeting place for you, just like He did when He created the Garden of Eden to paga, meet with, commune and join with you. 


The special place where God has chosen to meet with you, any day, any time, and any hour is right there in your heart. This is what is meant in Ephesians 3:17, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love.”    


Prayer does not come from you bowing your head, although it does not hurt when you do because that is a form of humbling yourself. Prayer does not come from bended knees or the folding of your hands, although doing those things will help fight off pride. True prayer is when you paga, meet with, encounter, commune, and join with God the Father, from the throne of your heart where He now dwells because you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 


If you want to make better decisions in your life, pray. For it is written, “And it came to pass in those days that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples and of them he chose twelve whom also he named apostles” (Luke 5:12-13). 


If you want to make better decisions in your life, do what Jesus did, pray (paga) with the Father and watch God open the eyes of your understanding to His will and plans for your life.

Be Blessed
Erick Young