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In His Heart: The 2020 Prayer Pledge // Day 19

Song about God’s Heart for Us

Listen to “King of My Heart” by Bethel Music.

Reflect

When I was pregnant with my first child, I listened to a podcast by a woman who was recalling a very painful time in her life. Her firstborn child was dying and her marriage was on the rocks as a result of that tragic circumstance. She reflected on that season, saying something along the lines of, “I had to ask myself, is Jesus enough? If at the end of this road I’m not a mom because my baby dies, and I’m not a wife because my marriage ends, is Jesus enough? I had to decide the answer was yes.”

I was floored by her faith in that difficult season. She wasn’t saying she was giving up hope or not willing to work. But at the end of the day, regardless of what came her way, Jesus was enough for her. Her witness resonated so deeply with me.

The reality is, I often say that Jesus is enough for me, or that He is who I turn to, but my actions tell a different story.

When I reach for caffeine or a cookie, desperate for some mid-afternoon energy, instead of turning to deep breaths and whispered prayers.

When I impulse shop out of envy or sadness or discontent, spending money we didn’t budget and shouldn’t use, instead of taking those feelings and the disquiet in my heart to the Lord.

When I catch myself longing for more, more, more, when the life I find myself in, in all it’s ordinary magic, is exactly the life I prayed for for years.

What does it take to truly allow Jesus to be the King of our hearts? To be the One in our life? To be the end-all-be-all? I certainly don’t have all the answers, as I’m stumbling my way towards deeper trust, greater surrender, and more reliance on Him. Aren’t we all?

What I do know is that for Jesus to bless our efforts, He must have efforts to bless. Every tiny sacrifice is multiplied through His mercy and grace. I know that He gives more energy than a double shot latte ever could, more contentment than a new pair of shoes can ever offer, deeper rest than even the best afternoon nap.

Each and every moment, we’re offered the chance to begin again as He asks us this question:

Will we let Him be the King of our heart?

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Let Us Pray

Heavenly Father, show us the things that rule our lives and hearts, that we may detach from them and be devoted only to You. Open our eyes to the areas where we need to surrender to You, our Life and our Hope.

For Discussion

Take a moment to reflect—what or who sits on the throne of your heart instead of God?

How can you practically surrender to God and let Him reign as King of your heart?

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Valerie Keinsley is a wife to a police officer and mama to two little ones living in central Indiana, where she and her husband are currently doing a massive renovation of their 116-year-old home. She loves WWII novels, decaf chai lattes, and trying to keep houseplants alive. She is striving to find and name beauty in the midst of the mundane, and loves to share her “good lists” on instagram. You can find out more about her here.

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    Jenn
    January 19, 2020 at 9:20 am

    This really resonated with me. The examples of eating, shopping etc were spot on me. Why have I never thought to stop and pray. Simple but yet… thank you!

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    Bonnie Melielo
    January 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    “What I do know is that for Jesus to bless our efforts, He must have efforts to bless. Every tiny sacrifice is multiplied through His mercy and grace.” LOVE!! and for the reminders to stop and pray before we buy those shoes or eat that cookie. 🥰

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