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This year will be the best year of your life IF it is your best year spiritually.
Join the RLC family in taking a prayer challenge for 21 days. For 21 Days, we are giving at least 7 minutes of our day to the Lord. Hopefully, as you grow in your relationship with God, this time can increase. However, we have to start somewhere.
What if 7 minutes could change your whole day?
Here's the 7 minute plan!
We are taking the prayer topics from Jesus in Matthew 6 and spending one minute on each. Got more time? Great! Add additional time as available.
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Minute one- Prepare your heart.
- 60 seconds of silence.
Many of us do not realize how noisy our minds and hearts are. We are constantly processing information, dealing with issues, and listening to the input of others. The result is we often crowd out the voice of the Lord. Take 60 seconds to quieten all the voices and prepare your heart.
Minute two- Our Father in Heaven.
- Connect with God relationally.
Your view of God is vital to how you relate to Him. If you see God as vindictive, angry, passive-aggressive, etc... you will relate accordingly. Be sure to take time and see God as a faithful, loving Father. When you see God in this way, it changes the rest of your prayer.
Minute three- May Your Name be kept holy.
- Remember God's goodness.
In the Old Testament, they would ascribe different adjectives to God's Name every time He did something special in their lives. There were names like God-Who-Sees, God-Who-Sustains, God-of-My-Peace, etc. This topic reminds us to take a minute to think about the goodness of God and His blessings. I like to think of three things I am thankful for that day. This is a good reminder that God is always doing more than we realize and we have more to be thankful for than notice.
Minute four- May Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
- Declare you trust in Him.
Before getting into your personal needs and the needs of others, Jesus tells us to remember who is ultimately in charge. This is a symbolic act of giving God "permission" to rule the universe and asking Him to do so even more in our lives. This is the best news ever. God is in charge. This means He is going to take care of all the details and do the ultimate good for us.
Minute five- Give us today the food we need.
- Tell God about everything and everyone.
Now that you have done the things above, dive in. Tell God everything. If it is big enough for you to worry about, it is big enough to pray about. Don't just pray about your stuff, give room for those around you. Pray for the lost. Pray for our nation. Tell God about it all.
Minute six- Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
- Joyfully repent and forgive others.
Maybe you are wondering why I used the word "joyful." This is possibly because we have an incorrect view of God. When we come to God and ask for forgiveness for any lingering sin in our lives, we are not visiting the principal's office. We are coming to our Heaven Father who loves us. We are not confessing something He doesn't know. We are bringing up something He is already aware of and asking Him to help us find freedom. What a blessing! He is already there and ready to forgive.
The next step is to forgive others. This is a joyful thing because we do not have to be defined by the wounds others have created in our lives. It is the joyful opportunity to give God our pain and to walk in the fresh air of forgiveness. Life is too short to allow the brokenness of others to define our freedom.
Minute seven- Don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
- Take spiritual authority.
When Jesus died on the Cross and rose again, He won the spiritual battle and we now walk in freedom. Our job is to declare this freedom and take our spiritual authority every day through the Name of Jesus. We fight spiritual battles with spiritual weapons and walk in the power of the Name of Jesus through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
Now... You Are Ready To Start the Day!