40 Days of Prayer for God's Glory


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

 

 

 

Easter's Triumph


What does Easter's triumph mean to you?

Does it remind you that Christ's victory is ours (1 Cor. 15:57) and we can be triumphant in everything, over everything, and through everything that comes our way?
 
Triumphant over autism, triumphant over Alzheimer's. Triumphant over alcoholism, addictions, and aging.
Triumphant despite bankruptcy, triumphant despite betrayal. Triumphant despite broken hearts, broken friendships, and broken cars.

Triumphant through confusion. Triumphant through cancer. Triumphant through conflicts, confrontations, and computer problems.

Triumphant through debt and disasters, triumphant through disappointments and dangers. Triumphant through divorce, depression, and drug abuse.

Triumphant in our emergencies, triumphant in our emotions.
Triumphant in times of fear, famine, and foreclosure.  
Triumphant despite our guilt, despite our grief.
Triumphant over hatred and hunger and homelessness.

Triumphant despite infertility and injustice,
Triumphant despite jail and job losses.
Triumphant through kidnappings and killings,
Triumphant through loneliness and layoffs.

Triumphant over migraines, marriage problems, and mental illness.
Triumphant over nagging, nightmares, and nasty neighbors.
 
Triumphant over oppression, triumphant over obsessions. Triumphant in caring for orphans.
Triumphant over persecution, triumphant over PTSD. Triumphant in parenting and caring for prisoners.
 
Triumphant despite our questions, triumphant despite our quarrels.
Triumphant over racism, triumphant over ridicule.
Triumphant over stress and sickness and slavery.

Triumphant despite tragedy, triumphant despite terrorism. Triumphant through tension and torment and tears.
Triumphant through unemployment, triumphant through uncertainty. Triumphant through unexplained sorrow and pain.

Triumphant over violence and vengeance,
Triumphant over weakness and worry,
Triumphant over e-xploitation and e-xtreme aggravation.
 
Triumphant despite yesterday's mistakes, triumphant despite our yearnings for the wrong things,
Triumphant despite zero chance of finding perfect happiness.
 
We are triumphant because "in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Rom. 8:37)
 
This is Easter's triumph, and it belongs to us.

Thursday – April 17, 2014