Living in God’s will, living for God, begins at the moment we say “yes” to God, repenting of our sinful ways and accepting the precious gift of Jesus Christ into our hearts as our personal Lord and Savior. This relationship, like any relationship we have, needs to be maintained. How we act in other relationships often determines how our walk with God is going. Our life both inside and outside of our homes often determines what is really inside of our hearts. What happens “behind closed doors” – how a husband treats his wife, how parents teach their children – shapes a person’s walk with God.
Integrity is being able to do the right thing even when no one else is around to see you. It is the “behind closed doors” moments of life when our character is built. It is the moment when a husband and wife are arguing, but realize that they need to put God in the center and stop to pray together. It is the temptation of a parent to yell at their child for doing something wrong, but instead sits down to talk and explain the different between right and wrong. This is where godly living begins and keeping prayer central is the foundation of building a character for God that overflows into every place you go.
Prayer maintains a relationship with God, just like communication maintains every other relationship in our lives. If we don’t communicate, if we don’t pray life we should, our relationships weaken. It is still there, it will always be there, but it won’t be nearly as strong as it once was, as strong as it could be. However, strong communication builds relationships. Prayer is our communication to God. When we are strong in prayer, the relationship is strong and we are able to clearly hear God speak and respond to us. We are “in tune” with Him and are more closely able to walk in His will for our lives. His character is built into our character and we learn to walk in our destiny of living a life on earth that is more like that life Jesus lived. We are able to love more, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in.
It starts in the home, and as the home grows stronger it overflows into our community, inside the church, and outside the church into our workplace, school, and anywhere we step our feet. Lead your household well, whatever that may look like for you to get “in tune” with God, and it will build your character more Christ-life all throughout your life.