Jun 25, 2012

Monday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Lamentations 1

Good Monday morning, SHINE girls! Oh my goodness, you  have been on my heart all weekend in a HUGE way.

I'm just going to jump right in and speak to you from the depths of my heart.

God has been speaking to me loud and clear regarding something that He wants us to do. He has been throwing things in my path for the last 3 days regarding His purpose for us for the next several weeks. It's unmistakable.

Girls, we are starting a new challenge today.

A 40 Day Prayer Challenge.

Yes, 40.

The heaviness of this on my heart is beyond comprehension of words to convey to you.

I can only say that the Lord is drawing us to Him in complete surrender through prayer. He keeps telling me that prayer is the "missing link" to the fulfillment of His will for us here on Earth.

This is how I imagine it:

God is standing in Heaven, arms held out with His Promises and His blessings and His desires for us.

We see them, and we read them in His Word. We really, really want them. We even try to be good so that He will throw them our way.

Girls, oh no, no, no, no. This is not the way it works with Him.

In order to receive that bounty of His blessings and purposes for us and for this Earth we must  raise our hands in prayer and receive them.

Prayer is the conduit of receiving those blessings that He is freely offering to us. Through prayer comes His power, His will, and His purposes.

Now, imagine the power that comes when we are all together (SHINE) praying for His will to be done. Hello? It's unimaginable, isn't it?

As I was just typing, my computer went dead. Guess what? It wasn't plugged in. 5 seconds before it went dead, I looked up to Heaven and said, "Lord, let not my words be spoken here, but YOUR words.  I need you to write this post for me. This is your will for us, not mine."

So, the computer goes dead right after I pray this. What?? I look around and find that it was not plugged in.

Girls! HUGE, HUGE visual and revelation that He is showing us! This computer is just a small black rectangular piece of equipment unless it is PLUGGED in to the power source.

Listen closely, my friends. Prayer is OUR power source. It is what connects us to the power of God. 

We can be full of knowledge of Him, and be familiar with His word, but unless we are plugged in and communicating with Him consistently through prayer...we will have zero power. Zero.

Today is day one of our Power charge, girls. It's time.

Summer time is a very easy time to fall off the wagon with the Lord. We get a little lazier in our walk with Him.

Guess what, though? We are not going to let that happen anymore, girls. Starting today, we are plugging in to Him through prayer.

Prayer on purpose.

So, this is how it looks for me. I will praise Him throughout this day. When I see my husband, my children, trees, flowers, whatever...I will give Him thanks. When I hear of a need, I will pray immediately. It doesn't have to be a huge, long prayer, girls. It is just the constant communication with Him! Really, that is all that it is!

Throughout these next 40 days, I will challenge you to pray for specific things on certain days.

Talk about bringing some of His power down here on Earth, girls? When we two or more agree together in prayer....oh, watch out!

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20


Friends, I cannot even begin to describe to you how prayer has changed my life. It has been the missing link in my journey with Him. Truly, it has.

It's not a prayer life that we want, but rather a praying life.

So, here we go. Day one. Let's do this.

up for the challenge,

jill



 “This, then, is how you should pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
 your kingdom come,
your will be done, 
    on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us today our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one."


Matthew 6:9-13