Experiment! I like the word experiment. An experiment gives me permission to try something out without the pressure to form a habit. If an experiment works, I can repeat the steps and make it part of my daily arsenal. If not, I toss it. Simple as that.
Welcome to the 21-Day Experiment in Prayer. Starting today, I encourage you to devote just fifteen minutes each day to reading a chapter in the Gospel of John. (John has exactly twenty one chapters). This simple experiment could change your life…I know it has mine.
Here’s how I perform my experiment. First, I read my chapter slowly and thoughtfully, praying for God to help me understand what I am reading. Next, I ask God to impress a verse or two from that chapter on my mind. I copy the verse, which I call a”watch word,” on a 3×5 card . Personally, I like to use what I call a “Chubby Book,” which is simply the wirebound version.
Next, I list a few people and places that are on my heart for prayer and carry the Chubby Book with me throughout the day. I commit to following this pattern each day without judging the results of my experiment until the end of the 21 days.
Today in my reading of Chapter One, I was struck by the references to the word life. Speaking of Jesus, John writes:
Through Him all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life and that life was the light of men.” John 1:3,4
This became my “watchword” today. A theme emerged as I pondered the gift of life and God as its source. The Lord God formed the man…and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. (Gen. 2:7)
Life. It’s precious, mysterious, and can only come from God. The Greek word zoe is a “somewhat metaphysical word in itself and denotes the life force which animates human beings,” according to Spiros Zhodiates, PhD., editor of the Key Word Study Bible, or what I lovingly refer to as my “Big Fat Greek Bible.” If I could own only one Bible, it would be this.
If you’re reading along in John’s Gospel with me, I’d love to know your watchwords. How did God speak to you today?