As the VP of Marketing and Company Chaplain for EnergyCAP, Inc., I have an exciting announcement—today we launched a new blog at www.PrayerAtWork.com with weekly emails to encourage you to connect with God at your workplace.

Nowadays, we’re more connected than ever. We don’t have to be in the same office with coworkers or be face-to-face with clients to communicate with them. Phones, video chat, email, instant message, text, webinar, and wireless internet access are everywhere. Yes, we’re more connected than ever.

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Do you ever get overwhelmed with parenting tasks?

What seems urgent gets your attention–carpooling, laundry, cub scouts, teaching kids about finances, just keeping the kids alive–but what’s important takes a back seat. Sure, these all seem very urgent at the time. But I’d say they’re not most important (except for maybe keeping the kids alive…and even that’s debatable). What’s most important gets at the real the purpose of parenting.

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We love parents. Well, most of them. And by parents, I mean those raising children. You may not be biologically connected or may be a generation away or perhaps don’t live in the same home. But if you have a burden to raise a child, I’m speaking to you.

So I have some questions:

- How many of you let your kids go to school without breakfast?
- How many of you let your kids leave the house in just their underwear?
- Do you ever make them skip a meal?

We wouldn’t neglect these necessities. But do you neglect to pray for your kids?

My purpose is not to make you feel bad about yourself for not praying for your kids more. If it was, I would throw the first stone at myself. Rather, my first goal is to encourage you.

You’re in this crazy profession called parenting, which is pretty thankless, costs you everything, and has no guarantees that your product will turn out good at all.

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I start my work day the same way every day–I pray. And not just any prayer. I pray the same thing every day.

It hasn’t always been like this. Before I would switch on my computer, look at my calendar, check my emails, and do whatever came next.

But now I pray to start my day. And I’m so glad I do.

Before I share the prayer, let me mention the difference it’s made for me.

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Do you want to pray for your child, but can’t get momentum? Do you make plans, but fail to follow through? Let us help.

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The recording of the talk will be available soon. Get encouraged and equipped to give your kids what they need–a praying parent. We covered:

  • the real purpose of parenting
  • how to overflow with God as you parent
  • tapping into God’s resources
  • passing down prayer as a legacy

Praying Parent Pledge

YES! I agree to pray intentionally and consistently for my child, with my child, and for my child’s influences.

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Yesterday at the grocery store, the woman in front of me was taking a very long time to check out. I looked for a shorter line, but you know how it goes—the longer you’re in one line, the more committed you feel to riding it out. So I did.

Then I got nosy. Why was she taking such a long time? I leaned in while trying to act undercover, and then I realized what the holdup was. Miss Slowpoke was choosing which items to take off her bill. She had gone over her budget.

So methodically she picked up each item, inspected it, and pronounced her judgment:

“Canned mushrooms – Keep”
“Electronic toothbrush – Go”
“Mozzarella cheese – Keep”
“Mustache wax – Go”

And so forth. It was painful. But it got me thinking about God, specifically delighting in God in 2015.

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A reader asked me how much money I make by selling books, so I answered her–I make nothing. Actually, I’m losing money by writing books.

“How is that so?” she asked.

Because I self-published my books.

“Why do you do it then?”

Because there’s more to life than making money. I wholeheartedly believe in the messages of Made To Pray and One-Minute Devotions On Prayer. I believe God made each of us to uniquely connect by finding our best prayer types. And I believe God’s presence refreshes us and it needn’t take hours, in fact can take but a minute.

I believe in these messages so strongly that I’d rather get them out to you than sit around waiting for an official publishing committee and its process. Would I turn that down should it come up? No, but I’m not about to sit on my hands, sit on my message.

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So yes, I write books and I’m losing money. No big deal because I’m banking on the fact that God will bear fruit in your life by these books and that’s far bigger a reward than any book payout.

It’s your last day to guarantee shipping of “One-Minute Devotions On Prayer” or “Made To Pray” before Christmas at the online store.

 

Keep First Things First

Chris Heinz —  December 14, 2014 — 2 Comments

Below is taken from my new book, One-Minute Devotions On Prayer, which is on sale now.

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” (Luke 10:40)

Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha of Bethany, and while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, Martha was, “distracted by all the preparations.” You might say that sitting in the heat of activity is the distraction.

But it’s not. The real distraction is doing that which keeps you from sitting with Jesus. Jesus said what Mary did would not be taken away from her. But he didn’t say the same to Martha.

When anything trumps your devotion to Jesus, it’s fair game to be removed. Nothing is more sacred. Not even service for the sake of Jesus is sacred.

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Jesus would rather you sit with him than serve him. He is more jealous for your presence than he is for your service. Can the same be said about you? Are you more jealous for God’s presence than what he can do for you?

The one who listens for God has trained her heart to be satisfied in him. It is then that she can be trusted with ministry because the ministry has not become her life. Instead, it will be performed in gratitude and humility because Jesus has become her life. It’s the right way: Jesus first and then everything else. Not everything else and then Jesus.

Let’s pray: “Jesus, I want you to trust me with ministry but never want ministry to take first place. Help me to keep you in first place.”

Give God Your Brokenness

Chris Heinz —  December 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34.18)

Once there was a man, and he had a broken heart. He heard God was coming to dinner. So he gathered the shards of his scattered heart and taped them together. He hoped the adhesive would hold.

After all, when God comes to dinner, you have to put yourself together (at least he thought).

The man made it through the greeting and the first course. He made it halfway through the second. But it was too much to hide. The man’s hobbled heart wasn’t holding.

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Tell God You’re All In

Chris Heinz —  December 1, 2014 — 2 Comments

“Love the LORD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22.37-38)

A man and woman were coming upon their 50th wedding anniversary. She asked how they should mark this special occasion. He threw out some ideas: they could host a reception at a banquet hall, go on a ten-day cruise, reenact their wedding ceremony, or upgrade their wedding rings.

“Wow, these ideas are wonderful,” she said, “But there’s just one thing I want.”

He responded, “What’s that my love? You can have anything.”

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