30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 30

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Barry Zimmerman…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]It’s our final day of our prayer emphasis. Hopefully some new habits have been established and you’ve been more conscious of prayer as simply paying attention to God all the time. So where do we go from here? “Never stop praying.” 1 Thess. 5:17  How do we do that? Author John MacArthur says it well.

To “pray without ceasing” refers recurring prayer, not nonstop talking. Prayer is to be a way of life–you’re to be continually in an attitude of prayer. It is living in continual God-consciousness, where everything you see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to Him. It should be instant and intimate communication-not unlike that which we enjoy with our best friend.

To “pray without ceasing” means when you are tempted, you hold the temptation before God and ask for His help. When you experience something good and beautiful, you immediately thank the Lord for it. When you see evil around you, you ask God to make it right and to use you toward that end, if that is His will. When you meet someone who does not know Christ, you pray for God to draw that person to Himself and to use you to be a faithful witness. When you encounter trouble, you turn to God as your Deliverer.

Thus life becomes a continually ascending prayer: all life’s thoughts, deeds, and circumstances become an opportunity to commune with your Heavenly Father. In that way you constantly set your mind “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2).”

Here’s a link to help you continue the habit of paying attention. Never stop praying!

4 Free Apps to Help You Keep Praying[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Check In” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”206″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY SERIES” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fsermons%2Fseries%2Fpassionate-spirituality%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”VIEW ALL THE HOMEWORK” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fblog%2Fpassionate-spirituality-homework%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”JOIN THE COMMITMENT” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2F30-day-commitment-pray%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 29

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Yesterday’s checkbox stats…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]30 day commitment to pray with two days left! Here’s the stats for yesterday, day 28: we had 13 people check the box out of 76 people committed.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Nate Stephan…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Developing a discipline of paying attention to God throughout our day is a critical part of growing in our passion for God. It’s definitely worth it too. I think my life has benefitted greatly by this 30 Day Commitment. When I have my time reading God’s Word, this “paying attention to God” thought keeps things in perspective.

Sunday I shared a Scripture verse during service that I want to share again.

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Philippians 3:8-11 (NLT)

It hits me hard when I think about these verses and my life. Do I really count everything else as worthless when I compare it to the value of knowing Christ? Is becoming one with Christ so high on my priority list that by comparison everything else I prioritize is considered garbage?

Let’s pray about this today. Let’s ask God to help us make our relationship with Him the highest priority in our lives and then do something about it. Rearrange your priorities to make knowing Christ the highest priority of the day.

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30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 28

30 Day Commitment to Pray praying together Meridian Point Church

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Only 3 days left!” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]It’s hard to believe that we’re almost finished with our 30 day commitment to pray! Any time we do something for 30 days, it helps us develop a habit. This is definitely a good habit to get into. Lets finish strong y’all![/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Barry Zimmerman…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]When I was first starting in ministry, someone once asked me how much time I spent in prayer. When my answer was far from impressive, they noted how much I was doing and asked me, “Do you think prayer is doing something?”

That question has always stuck with me. The famous preacher D.L. Moody said this, “I’d rather be able to pray than be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught His disciples how to preach, but only how to pray.”

Over the last 30 days, as I’m constantly reminded to turn my attention to God in every moment, I have been reminded of the great honor of being able to speak with God at anytime. I’ve been reminded that prayer is one of the most effective things we can be doing. I’ve been reminded to thank Him for the many little daily blessings that far too often go without thanks. I’ve been reminded that God is constantly wanting me to keep my thoughts on Him. I’ve been reminded that powerful things happen when God’s people talk with and pay attention to their King.

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30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 25

30 Day Commitment to Pray praying together Meridian Point Church

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Stats From Yesterday, Day 24″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Here are the stats for day 24 in our 30 day commitment to pray. We had 22 people check the box out of 76 committed to pray. We have 5 days left in our commitment! Lets finish strong y’all![/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Dave Laubscher…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]What would our lives look like if we took this series on Passionate Spirituality seriously? Think of all the things we’d be able to do for the Kingdom of God if we worked on each of these areas!

Join me in praying that there would be a spiritual movement inside all our hearts; that this movement within our hearts would not end when this series is over. Pray that we will continue to fan these sparks into flames, or continue to keep the flames burning within theses different spiritual areas that we’ve covered.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Check In” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”206″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY SERIES” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fsermons%2Fseries%2Fpassionate-spirituality%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”VIEW ALL THE HOMEWORK” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fblog%2Fpassionate-spirituality-homework%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”JOIN THE COMMITMENT” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2F30-day-commitment-pray%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 24

30 Day Commitment to Pray praying together Meridian Point Church

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Day 23 Stats” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Now we have 6 days left in our 30 day commitment to pray! These are the stats for yesterday, day 23: we had 21 people check the box out of 76 committed to pray.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Nate Brewster…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Life is crazy!  It is busy and hectic and stressful!!  It is REALLY easy to get side tracked and distracted.  It’s REALLY easy to lose track of what is important.  We can very easily begin chasing things that are momentary and worldly.

I notice this in my own life.  My desire is to seek and follow God with everything that am, but it is really easy – if I’m not careful – for my spiritual life to become an afterthought after a long day.  I notice when I start to slack off from my quiet times with God, or my time in prayer, that my attitude and actions become a direct reflection of time not well spent.  What flows out of us is a direct reflection of what flows into us.

It is SO important that we spend time in prayer.  Time to praise Him and to glorify Him in our lives, but also to allow Him to direct us in our lives.  Allowing Him the opportunity to pour into us, so that in turn, we can pour out into other people.

Ask God to examine your heart today. Psalms 139:23-24 says:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

Ask God to reveal anything in your heart and soul that may be holding you back from Him!  As many have said leading up to this post, “we are praying to a God that wants to have a relationship with us!”

Let’s do everything we can as the body of Christ to set aside anything holding us back from Him so that we may lift each other up as an outpouring of the things that God is doing in us!

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30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 23

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Day 22 Stats” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]As of today, we only have 7 days left in our 30 day commitment to pray! Lets stay together for the finish! Here are the stats for yesterday, day 22: we had 16 people check the box out of 76 committed to pray.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Monica…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

“The power of our prayers, lies not primarily in our effort and striving, or in any technique, but rather in our knowledge of God.”

-Timothy Keller

I encourage you to not only talk to God today, but stop and listen to Him. Take some time, if only 10 minutes, and open His word. That is how we will come to the knowledge of Him.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Check In” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”206″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY SERIES” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fsermons%2Fseries%2Fpassionate-spirituality%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”VIEW ALL THE HOMEWORK” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fblog%2Fpassionate-spirituality-homework%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”JOIN THE COMMITMENT” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2F30-day-commitment-pray%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]