Well, here we are on Day 24 and I’m writing at my normal time so that everyone won’t think I overslept 🙂
There’s been something on my mind for the past few days that I’ve been trying to find the right moment to bring into our study and BAM! Today’s reading goes EXACTLY where God was prompting my heart to go with you all.
As we began this journey together, I was so excited to share with you what I have been learning through the Circle Maker book and the Draw the Circle devotional. These are excellent resources in my opinion that take us deeper in our walk with Christ and help us to think about prayer differently than ever before.
What I did not want to happen was this: that anyone would think these books replace your time in the Word. Or that anyone would get so caught up in these resources that they neglect the Bible. One thing I love about both books is how each chapter is grounded in Scripture. And Mark constantly takes us back to examples in the Bible that talk about what we are learning.
How do I use these resources as a COMPLIMENT to the Bible? A lot of times, I will open my Bible to the exact scripture that is used in our daily reading and go read more. What is the full story? What else can I take away from what we are learning in our daily reading?
Other times I will open up the concordance in the back of my Bible and search for more scripture that goes with our topic. I also love to read Psalms and Proverbs. Those books give me Scriptures that are easy to pray for myself.
Am I perfect at this? NO. Do I struggle? YES.
I’ve never felt like one that has mastered the art of daily Bible reading. Now, other people around me do – they have a certain time everyday that they read. I’m such a scattered non-scheduled crazy kind of person that it just hasn’t happened like that for me…shocker, I know!
I will say that getting up earlier each day gives me more of an opportunity than I’ve ever had to get into the Word with God. I’ve always been one with the GREATEST of intentions, but Mrs. Busybody took over and daily reading time got buried in the hundreds of other things I was trying to finish before my snoring head hit the pillow. And when that happens…I’m out!
One of my favorite points from today’s reading:
So how do we hear the voice of God?
The first thing to do is open your Bible. When you open your Bible, God opens His mouth. The surest way to get a word from the Lord is by getting into God’s Word. God will speak to you. Then God will speak through you.
(pg 137 Draw the Circle)
We’ve all been there: I feel so dry. I don’t see God. I don’t hear God. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do in this situation or that situation. I’m so frustrated and I feel so alone. I’m burned out, exhausted. I don’t feel like God is anywhere near me right now.
How much are we burying ourselves in the Word during those times?
Yes, it is HARD! This is NOT EASY. Not one bit.
And let’s just take it a bit further, shall we…let’s get RADICAL for just a hot minute:
When too much white noise invades my life and I’m having a hard time hearing the voice of God, I’ll often go into a season of fasting. Fasting is like noise cancellation. It helps me tune out the voices I shouldn’t be listening to and tune into His frequency. (pg 137 Draw the Circle)
Did you catch that little paragraph where Mark talks about the amazing group of influential business leaders he met in Ethiopia?
What I discovered during my visit is that they have one thing in common: all of them spend one day a week in prayer and fasting. Many of them don’t even go into work on that day! We may be tempted to think they’re less productive because they give up a day of work, but maybe they are more productive because they waste far less time on nonproductive pursuits. (pg 136 Draw the Circle)
When was the last time I fasted an entire day? When was the last time I put aside even HALF of a day to spend in prayer? Believe me, I know that most everyone in this group cannot afford to stop working one day a week to just sit at home and pray and fast. I know that may not even be an option.
But, what CAN we do?
What if THIS LITTLE GROUP of 25 people became known as the crazy people that started seeing revival and miracles and God’s Holy Presence moving in their daily lives? What if someone studied them and found that the common denominator was that they were all dedicated to prayer and fasting like IT IS THEIR JOB???
What if we open our Bibles, get on our knees, skip some meals and let God know we are STINKIN’ SERIOUS?
I’m ready. I’ve never been ready like this in my entire life. And I’m so glad you’re here with me.
And my mom just left a comment on yesterday’s post telling me to go to bed. Goodnight 🙂