I often find myself needing accountability for the things I aspire to do. Many times, I know that this uncertainty stems from not knowing the work that the Lord has planned for me to do. Sometimes, it is frustrating but other times, I become very numb.
Transformation Church is participating in 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer for the New Year, and I often get weary about participating in this because I get caught up in not praying good enough for God or the sense of failure or doubt that comes with completing a Daniel’s Fast. This year, I recognize that writing my prayers are good enough for God. In addition to the Bible Plan “The Sauce” for 21 days of prayer and fasting, I have even started the plan “Dangerous Prayers”. The first thing that struck me about this plan is that while I believe that God continues to do miracles, that my prayers were lame and I am stuck in a prayer rut. Pastor Greshcel urges Christ followers to be real, vulnerable and intimate in prayer. When we do this, we have bumps in the road and even may stumble. The prayers that we should pray should be “daring, faith-filled, God- honoring, life-changing, and world-changing.
Today’s focus in 21 days of fasting and prayer is Vision. The three big questions:
- What is God speaking to you today about Vision?
- How will your growth in this area affect those around you?
- What commitment will you make today to grow in your ability to seek God’s vision for you life?
When I think about vision, I think about how I made a digital vision board for my phone to always be able to know what goals I am working towards. One thing that is so easy to do is think of the things we can do in the physical without leaning into the moments and peace that God creates for us. I often think about how this leads to burnout, complacency and jealously. We look and listen to what others are doing and feel depleted when we don’t accomplish things the world says we should be or when others are having success and we’re not. We aren’t focused on what God has for us at that point. God’s vision for us is much bigger than what we could imagine and the path is unique to ourselves.
I hope that however you answer those three big questions, you think about how important you are to God. His love for you is infinite and unconditional. Spend 10 minutes in the word by reading Habakkuk 2:2 and Proverbs 29:18. How do these scriptures apply to not only your life, but also how you answer the three big questions.
After 10 minutes in the word, spend 10 minutes worship. Worship that is authentic to you. After 10 minutes in the Word, spend 10 minutes in prayer. Remember to pray prayers that are real, vulnerable and intimate.
I leave you this prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank you for the opportunity to connect with your children. We may not have all the answers, but we know that the love you have for us is the benchmark for us to love one another. We come to you with heavy hearts and unknown burdens. We lay them all at the alter and know that us being still and leaning into the Word you have given us will provide a peace that only you will provide. Teach us how to pray true prayers; not ones that appease the hearts and expectations of others. let these prayers glorify all you have done for us, all that you will bring us through and the abundance that will be our future.