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projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 15

In today’s devotion, Shannon Evans reminds us that Jesus is the one who truly leads and rules our hearts:

“The times when I have relinquished my desire for control and given Jesus full lordship have been the most fruitful, God-glorifying times in my life. And I can trust that pattern to continue, because throughout history this King has proven Himself time and time again when His people open up their hands in surrender.”

In our prayer, we can easily get over focused on what we have to do or say, sometimes even forgetting the why of our prayer. There isn’t a right or wrong as we pray together this month — there is only turning to Jesus with our whole hearts and asking Him to lead us closer to His grace.

Look into your heart and take stock honestly of anything that is keeping you separate from God. Surrender these parts of yourself over in prayer. Attachments to sin, worries, jobs, belongings, relationships, or security can hold us back from being truly open to grace.

Today, embrace vulnerability in the silence of your prayer.

If sin is weighing on you, seek Reconciliation.

Try praying the Litany of Humility. Or meditate with Audrey Assad’s beautiful setting of the prayer: “I Shall Not Want.”

Don’t shy away from the fears that can hide in the quietest corners of our hearts. Offer your weakness over to Him. Let Him rule your heart. Jesus has come to free us all from our worldly attachments and our sins.

Comment below with your thoughts:

Is there anything that is holding you back from connecting fully with Jesus? Can you free yourself to unite fully with Him? Where can you let God in to renew and refresh your heart?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    Steph
    January 15, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Envy is what is keeping me seperate from God. I look at what others have, whether it’s relationships, jobs, friends, community, financial goods, etc and for a moment, my old friend envy rears its ugly head Ugh.. Luckily, all this daily prayer has made me recognize envy when it comes and so usually my next thought is remorse and sincere wish NOT to be envious and ask forgiveness and strength from God. So in a way, it brings me back to him if I let it. But oh, it’s hard, being human. SO MANY FLAWS.

    Thanks for the Litany of Humility. I love that prayer!

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    Renee LaMarca
    January 15, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I LOVE this post! I’m still battling w/ a habitual sin (‘thorn in the flesh'”) that is often confessed in reconciliation. I’m then met w/ the question from the priest, “how is your prayer life?” Ooh, convicted. I’m learning there’s a connection between this pattern of behavior & my sometimes lackluster prayer pattern especially in moment of temptation. I’ve made this behavior as sort of an ‘idol’. I turn to this action when I’m highly weak & vulnerable (usually nighttime). Sometimes, this behavior is automatic and compulsive.
    So yep, this habitual sin could be my barrier to developing closer relationship w/ God. I’m just so grateful for His patient, loving Mercy whenever I slip up. I’m sure He wants to heal me of this struggle if I’ll just let go and let him have control.
    I realize this entry is lengthy. Thank you for your patience in reading this post. ?

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    Gloria
    January 15, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    The busyness of life and work I constantly have can hold me back from fully connecting with the Lord. The work piles up, and I become exhausted by the end of the day. Reading this post reminded me of something someone told me about days or weeks when I’d know I’d be busy. She told me that those are the times when I need prayer the most, and that I must make time for prayer. Even when I have work, I can put that aside to spend time with Jesus in prayer.

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