Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to immerse myself in an amazing experience at my local church’s 10-day prayer event, where the central theme of faith priorities captivated my attention.
Here are some enlightening insights that I gained from the experience.
Day 1: Less is more
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:15-16
Our lives today are like a full plate that we keep filling, thinking that the more we have, the happier we will be. There is a need to reduce things in our schedule and make room for God because the days are evil.
Day 2: Busyness for God
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”Mark 6:30-31
Many of us have become so busy with the work of God that we have forgotten our connection with God and even our families. People are doing things out of habit instead of the Holy Spirit.
If we say we love God, then we need to give him unhurried time. We need to be intentional about resting and reflecting away from the busyness of life.
Day 3: The Blessing of Waiting
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.Psalms 46:10
In today’s fast-paced generation, terms like waiting and stillness may seem fresh and unconventional.
I was reminded that waiting is a blessing. That waiting brings light to who I am and who I am becoming.
That waiting is an opportunity to become who God wants me to be and to be like Him.
Day 4:Freedom from a focused life of Simplicity
On this day, I discovered a new definition of fasting. It is the decluttering of our minds by deliberately making room for the movement of the Holy Spirit by studying His word and praying.
I also learned that we should not look gloomy or disfigure our faces when we are fasting. Instead, we’re encouraged to groom ourselves, apply oil, and look pleasant. This is so that our God, who sees in secret, may reward us openly. (Matthew 6:16-18)
Day 5:Focusing on things that matter
On this day, I learned how to change the focus of my prayers from myself to God.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Matthew 6:9-10
Jesus taught us how to pray. We should start our prayers with the desire to be with God.
Our prayers should revolve around our relationship with Him. Our prayers may become self-centered, selfish, and wrong without this relational aspect.
Day 6: Grit, Passion and Perseverance
Grit is a term usually used in sports and career life.
It means to be passionate and persistent when pursuing a certain goal. There is a need to integrate grit into our prayer lives.
In Luke 18:1-7, Jesus tells us about the persistence of the widow to get justice from the judge. God is pleased with persistence in prayer.
Day 7: The value of Being kind
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have alove one to another.John 13:35
Kindness is a universal language understood by the young and old, poor and rich, and even the deaf and blind
Being kind reflects the character of the God whom we adore.
I learned that we should take personal initiative and find someone to be kind to.
Day 8: The attitude of gratitude.
There is a lot around us that we need to be grateful for.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18
Gratitude pleases God and positively impacts our own lives because it helps us focus on the positive.
Giving thanks involves recalling the good deeds others have done for us and expressing our gratitude through thoughtful words.
By practicing gratitude, we shift our attention from the imaginary things we do not have to the blessings we have.
Day 9: The Blessing of the Sabbath
Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.Genesis 2:3
The Sabbath is a blessing, a day of worship, as it points us to God as the Creator (Exodus 20:8–11) and our Savior (Deuteronomy 5:12–15).
The Sabbath teaches us to rest from rushing, achieving, and performing. It allows you to slow down and rest in God’s presence.
The Sabbath is a weekly declaration by my heart and mind that God is more important than my to-do list.
The Sabbath is a delight (Isa 58:13–14). It helps us enjoy moments of peace, joy, and quietness as we commune with our God and among ourselves.
Day 10: Be Rich in What Matters—Be More Analog
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:24,25
Biblical spirituality is analog; consequently, it is based on tangible practices with people and with God.d.
Examples of these tangible practices include:
- Meeting in church on a Sabbath
- A human touch
- A helping hand
- Visiting the sick in the hospital
- Sharing food with the hungry
- A Heartfelt embrace
- Holy Communion
We were reminded that though we can do all things virtually, our relationship with God and our expression of faith to others can never be reduced to virtual reality.
Let us enjoy the accomplishments of the digital world but remember to be more analog in our faith
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