It’s been a dizzying week for many of us. Are you yearning for a reset for your soul? Perhaps this week’s prayer can help you do just that.
This week is heavy for many of us. We feel a sense that an enormous amount is on the line, and our anxieties are winning the majority of our minds while our heart and spirit feel smaller and demoralized. Prayer really can help. It’s not a cliche. Yesterday, I ran across this incredible prayer from Nadia Bolz-Weber. She has a way of just laying it out there before the Lord that I completely respect. He hears us. Give it a go.
With the Presidential election before us, we are called to examine our hearts and minds and search our soul for who truly leads us.
This strange season of quarantining, physically and socially distancing ourselves from others, and near constant monitoring of how we are collectively faring against COVID has produced in many of us a feeling of hitting the wall when it comes to prayer. Those of us for whom prayer is a lifestyle are ambling through days and nights, both wanting to keep and deepen our walk with God and struggling to stay on that path.
As concern over the spread of the coronavirus rises across the world, I encourage all believers to remember that fear and disease are not of God. Join me in praying for the containment and end of COVID-19.
It’s easy to coast through life and never go deeper than a surface relationship with just about everyone… our spouse, our friends, our co-workers, and even God. This week, examine your life through the lens of your availability and your vulnerability. Are you brave enough to learn to love – to really love? To forgive? To surrender your control? To rest instead of hurry? To worship instead of wander? If you thought to yourself “yes” for even a second, this week’s intention is for you.
In the dead of winter, it can be tempting to slip into a deadened state of mind, but if we choose to view this season as a time of spiritual preparation, we will reap the rewards of new life in the spring and a harvest thereafter. Practicing the ways of Jesus – silence, solitude, prayer, knowing and trusting the Word of God, serving others – is the blueprint to a life full of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Sometimes, life is hard. Really hard. And as much as we’d like the Holy Spirit to take us by the hand and whisk us out of the war, it’s much more likely that what we are experiencing is indeed entrusted to the mystery of God’s holy plan in our life. This week’s intention is about reminding ourselves of God’s promises in a time and within a world that is quick to convince us otherwise.
Recently, The Reverend Dr. Francis MacNutt – co-founder of Christian Healing Ministries – went to be with the Lord after a lifetime of ministry. This post is written in two parts: one from Jamie’s heart and the second from David’s heart.
We tend to be very hard on ourselves, when all the while, God created us from all that is good, just like him. Take in this week’s intention with a breath of fresh air, and stand a little bit taller, because you are good.