I do some of my best praying and thinking in the shower, so it's no surprise that I got the idea for this 40 day prayer project during Monday's shower. I launched the idea the same day I got it.
Today is Day 3. Here's a recap of my journey so far.
My original idea:
Spend 40 days focused on praying for God to be glorified. No specifics, no formulas. No requirements that I write something every day about my experiences. I would focus only on praying throughout the day for God's glory in my life, my family, my church, my community, and my world. And I'd let Him shape my prayers and the journey.
How the idea grew:
First, I decided to go public and include other people in my project. Then I decided to post my plan on Facebook, aiming more for personal accountability than anything else. Finally I decided to send a short email to the people on my Joyful Sounds mailing list if I could do it quickly. (Got it done in less than an hour.) More people who know what I'm doing means more accountability for me.
What I've learned so far:
One - Did you know praying for God to be glorified can change your attitude as well as your prayers? I've learned it's impossible to nurture negative feelings about a situation (feelings like anger, resentment, jealousy, etc.) while I'm praying God would be glorified in that situation. The two attitudes don't mesh. Apparently God has opted out of receiving glory from my selfishness.
Two – When we focus on His glory, God unites His people. He draws our hearts together despite the circumstances that separate us or discourage us.
Three – God likes to answer these prayers.
Would you join me in praying that God would be glorified? I'd love to have you with me on the ride.
Thursday – April 24, 2014