I was saved in 1972 while I was a pretty active member of a church in Albuquerque, NM. I had been baptized when I was 13 but I did not give my heart to Jesus until I was 26. I will always remember that Sunday night when we got home after church; I went into the bedroom, shut the door and got on my knees. I prayed “Lord, I do not even know if You are real, but if You are and You can do anything with someone like me then that is what I want. I cannot go on the way I am living now.” I did not know the full extent of what I was praying then but in the days and weeks ahead my life changed drastically! Within just a few days I had a thirst for the Word of God and I was praying. As I saw things I was praying for happen I knew that God heard me and He was answering my prayers. I knew that God was real and that He loved me for the first time in my life, and I wanted everyone to know Him. If he cared about me then there was no one that He did not care about. There was nothing about me that would cause God to acknowledge me at all. I drank like a fish every day, I liked the way drugs made me feel; I was just not a very likeable person, but He picked me up and loved me like I have never been loved. I surrendered to preach shortly after I was saved and it was there that some little things started happening. To simplify it I will just say that as I got busy pastoring churches and got involved in the lives of all the people in the church and out of the church doing what I thought I was called to do, I began to let my reading of the Scriptures slip and then I was not praying like I should have been. I started doing things in my own strength and taking back the control of my life of my life instead of surrendering it to the Lord. It took me some time to figure out what was going on. The enemy wants you to know what you need to do as long you do not do anything about it. If you hope to have a close relationship to God live a life that is pleasing to Him and that honors and glorifies Him, it is absolutely vital that you set aside time every day to pray and read your Bible! Just make an unbreakable appointment with Him everyday without fail!
For the glory of God,