the 21-day experiment

I invite you to join me in a 21-Day Experiment in Prayer.  Starting today, I am devoting just fifteen minutes each day to reading one chapter in the Gospel of John.  (John has exactly twenty one chapters).  I read slowly and thoughtfully, praying for God to help me understand what I am reading. Next, I ask God to impress one verse from that chapter on my mind.  I copy that “watch word” on a 3×5 card .  I  also list the people and places that are on my heart  for prayer and carry the card with me throughout the day.

Yesterday, my husband David and I  challenged our people at Forest Hill Church to join us on this 21-Day Experiment.  In addition to our daily reading in John, we will add three people who don’t know Christ to our prayer list and pray for them every day from now until Easter.  Easter Sunday marks day 21 of our experiment.

This 21-Day Experiment can help you discover how God’s Word can add power to your prayers–and your life.  I know of no better way to learn to hear God’s voice than to read His words.   Something mysterious happens when we read God’s Word and commit to following where this takes us.

This morning, while reading Chapter One, I was “arrested” by Andrew’s reaction to the news that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.  In verse 41, it says that the first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah.” Then he brought him to Jesus.

My prayer today is for those among my family and friends that don’t know Jesus. May I find a way to “bring them to Jesus.” And like Andrew, may it be the “first thing” on my mind.

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