Read: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11
You just heard Jeff Clark introduce us to our January message series, “21 Days of Prayer.” (If you missed it, you can watch it here.) Instead of making traditional New Year’s resolutions that get abandoned by Valentine’s Day, Pastor Jeff has invited us to go deeper - to make meaningful commitments with lasting rewards. Instead of making external changes to fit social expectations - like joining a gym, starting a new diet - he’s invited us to consider making internal changes to fit our lives to God’s purpose and plan.
How can you be a part of this journey? Here are a few practical ways to get started. First of all, for the next twenty-one days, we’re asking you to be intentional and earnest about prayer. Set a time of the day that works with your schedule and set an alarm so you don’t forget. Whatever it takes, BE COMMITTED to prayer. Next, take some time over the next twenty-one days to evaluate your walk with God, and ask Him to show you at least one way to grow in your faith this year. Maybe it’s a step as simple as beginning to read your Bible or maybe it’s signing up for a Growth Group this spring and seeing your commitment all the way through. Maybe it’s getting serious about giving a percentage of your income to the church or maybe it’s time to give of yourself by serving so that others can discover God. Maybe this year God wants to take you down a different career path for His glory or maybe He wants to use you to lead your family closer to Him. Simply ask God for direction, and then, be ready for Him to answer. If you are brave enough, write down whatever it is that you feel God has impressed upon you. Finally, find at least one other person - someone who is also on this journey - and partner with them to hold each other accountable. Whether you meet weekly over coffee or simply text each other daily, stay in touch and encourage each other to remain faithful to this commitment over the next twenty-one days.
Do: Today, simply start the journey of prayer. Find a time that works for you and whether it’s 5 minutes or 50 minutes, be intentional. If you can, turn off your electronic devices and find a quiet place, but even if you can’t, don’t let that stop you from talking with God.