Saturday, March 24, 2018
Prepare: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 NASB
Through this week, we have meditated on this Scripture above to allow God to prepare our hearts for what He wants to do in us and through us as His church. Let’s take a minute to review what God has been teaching us.
First, we are to gird up our minds, which is a prayerful, mental action we do beforehand to prepare for the important actions God has for us. It gets us ready to obey God the moment He tells us to go.
We are then told to keep sober in spirit, to remain spiritually alert, by allowing God to show us and break us free of any dependencies we may have other than Him that would dull our spiritual senses. We must be spiritually alert in order to hear His voice and do His will. As we fully depend upon the Spirit, He is the one to produce His fruit of self-control so that we do not gratify the desires of the flesh, but instead walk in rhythm with His empowering Spirit.
While we remain spiritually alert, we also expect eagerly and confidently that we will receive from God every blessing and provision that He has already made for us to accomplish His eternal purpose for our life until when Christ returns.
So what has this process of prayerful preparation been like for you?
Come and join us tonight to conclude our 7 Days of Prayer & Fasting at our evening of Prayer & Praise. It is on the 3rd floor of GSIS from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
We will continue to process in prayer and worship and have the opportunity to share the wonderful things God has been working in our hearts.
In fact, here are some questions to begin reflecting on to discuss and pray on tonight:
How do you believe God been specifically preparing your heart through this week?
What has he been teaching you about prayer and fasting as a means for preparation?
What scripture has settled firmly in your heart from this week?
What has the Holy Spirit shown you about us as a church?
What is on your heart to pray for tonight?
Read: As we come to the last day of our week of prayer and fasting read Philippians chapter 4. I believe it will bless you and keep you steadfast in what God has worked in your heart this week.
Apply: What word, verse, or parts of the passage blessed you to read?
Take some time to meditate on this and let it be the launching point for bringing thanks to God for all that He is doing in you, in His church, and for His glory. Allow the Spirit of God to lead you in heartfelt worship and praise to God.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalms 100:4).
Yield: Worship leads us to loving obedience. We experience God’s love through worship, and we also experience our love for Him through worship. Our motivation for yielding and obedience is always love. It is the love of Christ that compels us (2 Corinthians 5:14).
John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” This is not a statement of pressure or demand. It is the powerful outcome of true love. Obedience flows out of love. Prayer and worship has the power to forge the very will of God and my will as one. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”
As you delight in the Lord, what godly desire is the Holy Spirit awakening in you? What choice or decision or behavior would best match that desire to be the outflow of loving obedience to Him?
Hope to see you all tonight!