I have deliberately put some markers down for this year. Things I am choosing to do to help me stay on track with God.
I have learnt that I need to do this as drifting off is so easy. It might not seem very spiritual to put dates in your diary for fasting, reading the Bible or taking time out to study the Word but if it works for other stuff in my life, why not with things that can benefit my relationship with God.
This year I decided to use the 40 days of Lent to do 2 things…
Fast TV & Pray every morning
So here I am, today is day 21. And I’m still alive!! This is what I’m learning…..
No TV seemed so hard but actually I don’t miss it. I’m reading more, as a family we’re watching less TV, instead we are talking together, playing a game or going for a walk. The purpose was about creating some margin in my world and instead of just parking my backside on the sofa in front of the box, to become more productive with my time.
This might not be such a big deal for you because your TV’s rarely on but it could easily become my default on a evening, catching up with what I had recorded and then 4 hours later thinking I should really go to bed. Removing some of the noise in my world is definitely heightening my awareness of what is around me, of what God is saying and that can’t be a bad thing.
Plus I’m talking more with God. I recently read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and it’s changed the way I think about prayer and the way I pray. The simple but powerful idea of circling my prayers with the promises of God has helped me immensely. Add to that I am writing them all down, which helps with remembering what I’ve prayed and then to see how God has answered them. I would encourage you to give it a try.
The devotional he has written alongside the book is helping me focus. I have journeyed in my prayers beyond the ‘bless-me’ type prayer to the more ‘audacious-full-of-faith-specific-requests-circled-again-and-again’ type prayers. I am believing God for some BIG things. Impossible things but I know that in just keeping on asking, He will answer, when He answers. I will not get discouraged because the Word is my stand point not my emotions about God answering or not.
I am changing.
20 days in & I’m different to when I started.
Who knows what God can do with the next 20 days.
I know this – I’m not drifting as easily. I actually think by making time, by praying through, by standing on the Word of God, I am drawing attention to myself in the best way possible and God will bless me because of it. I’ve already seen some miracles and answers to prayer and I am expectant to see more.
[What do you do to keep yourself on track with God? What are you believing God for? Tell me & I will stand with you in prayer]