Welcome to the 40-Day Prayer Challenge! So glad you jumped on board during our “warm-up lap” last week. Your marching orders were to remain ALERT to God’s whispers and to carve out a time and a place to listen to God on a daily basis…your morning launch.
So what are we listening for exactly? For the still, small voice of God . Like Elijah, we want to train our heart to hear God’s voice–not always easy in our busy, noisy world. As part of your Morning Launch, click on the following link to read more about Elijah: 1 Kings 19:1-12. Why do you think Elijah was able to discern God’s voice? What can you learn from Elijah about listening to God?
John Wesley used to encourage his early followers (these were the first Methodists!) to practice the “discipline of watching.” This week, we’ll add watching to our practice of listening. These two disciplines are part of being ALERT.
Verse to meditate on or memorize:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Your Tools: A Bible, a notebook or journal, some 3×5 cards (I like the wirebound version), and a copy of Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars: Learning to Hear the Voice of God.
Tip #1: Pick out a prayer trigger as a reminder to “keep watch.” This is simply an object that will serve as a reminder to pray. It’s fun to have a prayer trigger for yourself and for each family member. If you are in a Lifegroup, share your prayer triggers with each other. Then watch throughout your day and see how many times you are reminded to pray. During a long battle with infertility, bunnies became my prayer trigger. You can see what happened as friends caught on and got a bit carried away with the encouragement. Our kids now find all these bunnies a bit amusing!
Tip #2: Pray the “BLESS” prayer when you come across someone’s prayer trigger: “B- Bless their Body; L-Bless their Labor; E-Bless their Emotional health; S-Bless their Social health; B-Bless their Spiritual health.”
Tip #3: One morning this week, take time to make a Thank You List. In your notebook or journal, write down everything you are thankful for. Time yourself and keep writing for five minutes. Did you know that simply doing this exercise raises your disease fighting antibodies for several hours. Plus, it’s a great perspective builder.
Reading assignment: Read Chapter 2 in Sometimes He Whispers... “Keep Watch.” Answer the Personal Reflection Questions on page 189. Click here for a free download of the Introduction and Chapter One.
Each Monday for Six Weeks, I’ll add a new blog post. Throughout the week, I’d love to hear your comments: What did you select as your prayer trigger? Did you see God at work this week? And be sure to sign up at the bottom of this page if you want the weekly blogs in your email inbox.
Prayer: Lord, I agree with the the prayer of David when he wrote Psalm 5. Verse 3 reminds me that “morning by morning, I order my prayers to you and eagerly watch.” May we be sensitive to your whispers this week. May our eyes be watching for your work all around us. Above all, may we begin to train our heart to hear your voice.