Late last year during November and December the Lord started speaking to my heart to stop “scatter praying”. I had to stop and meditate on what that even meant. It dawned on me how many times we use responsive prayer. By that I mean we pray in response to a need brought to our attention. I am not saying we don’t pray for others on a regular basis, just that most of our prayer not premeditated and intentional.
I asked Him to bloom that out to me in a greater measure. In doing so I realized there were several things and people that keep coming to my heart time-after-time. I got a notebook and started making pages for each person, event or subject that concerned my heart. Under that page, I will over the coming year write down what is on my heart about each thing, then find Scripture verses to meet the need. With that done, now I can focus as often as I need to on those things written down. They are before my eyes as often as I want them to be. It is working so far. I started out with a fairly long prayer, then add to them as often as those people or events come to mind. By focusing deliberately it has helped me release the concern to His heart and declare the Word of God over each situation.
I pray you think about doing something similar. We can see the hand of God move when we all agree with the Word of God over our situations. God bless you richly in your prayer life this year.
Every time January rolls around we feel the need to make resolutions and try to put on a new life. It always makes me laugh when I realize how quickly those “New Years’ Resolutions” dissolved away. We always seem to choose to change our whole life in one month, even though it took years to get where we are now. I relaxed this year and choose to allow the Lord to choose my areas of change. He knows us inside and out and knows where we are in faith and resolve. He can choose something we can trust Him with and truly affect change in our lives.
My prayer for you all this year is to truly rest in Him and allow Holy Spirit to move your heart to change. Let His love and conviction choose the places that will help you and those in your life be blessed the most. I pray His blessings upon you as you allow Him to renew you this year.
Can we stop living in the past? Is it possible to release the old dead ways and look to Jesus to lead us through paths we have never walked before? Will we be able to trust this new way of doing things in Him?
All these questions roll through us whenever the Lord asks us to change our ways. We question whether we can do what he asks us to do. As I prayed and meditated on how to release the past, the Lord reminded me that He was the “author and finisher” of my faith. It is Holy Spirit who leads us into the truth. So my choice for this new year is to resolve to allow Holy Spirit to change me. It is not easy, but things worth while usually are not easy. The rewards of hearing Jesus say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant” are worth the battle with our flesh.
Hebrews 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 16:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
The Lord has been speaking to the Body of Christ to arise and take our place in Him. We have been so focused on what is going on around us, that we have neglected the better part of focusing on Him and the plans He has for us. It is time to come up higher and stand in our place in Him.
May you be blessed and highly favored by God our Father this year.