“Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed.” Da 6:10 NIV
Your habits either work for you or against you. Take any habit you practice, multiply it by 365 days, then multiply it by seventy or eighty years and you can write your own obituary. Simply stated: great people have great habits. One billionaire says, “I arrive at my office at seven a.m. It is a habit.” A best-selling author says, “I get up at the same time every day. I start writing at eight a.m. and quit at four each afternoon. I do it every day. It is a habit.” Jesus was a creature of habit. “And he came toNazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his [habit] was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day” (Lk 4:16). Daniel prayed three times a day. His prayer life was so predictable that his enemies used it to trap him. When measured by the same standard, how is your prayer life?
Habit is a gift from God. It’s said that if you can do something consistently for twenty-one days you have proven that you can do it for twenty-one years. Will you slip at times? Sure, you’re only human. But once you have tasted success it’s hard to be satisfied with less. Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples” (Jn 8:31 NAS). Note the word “continue;” it’s the secret of true greatness. Your success can be found in your daily routine. If you’re serious about changing your life you must stop practicing bad habits and start instituting good ones.
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