Pray First

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Today, we enter the second week of 21 Days of Prayer. These days of prayer are a time when we as a church come together to seek God first. It is a time that we are intentional in encouraging and challenging each other to go to God with all things, big and small.

21 Days of Prayer is also intentionally placed at this time of the year. This time is busy for many of us. The summer season is coming to an end, and we are entering a new season. Some of you are preparing to send your children back to school. Others are preparing to head back to school yourself, and still others are entering a busy season of work.

For our church, we enter a new season as well. We see our church attendance rise at this time of the year. As new and returning guests walk through our doors, there is opportunity to connect people with Jesus and to help them grow in their relationship with him.

Whatever the challenges or opportunities this new season brings, there is often a temptation to tackle it on our own, but God invites us to trust him in our new season.

Philippians 4:6
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done

So, as you enter this new season, what are you anxious about? What results are you hoping for? Talk to God about it and faithfully trust in his power alone.

We are currently in a series entitled, This Is Me. During this series, we will learn how our personality, past, passions, and placement all have potential with God. In fact, we will begin to discover that our potential is limitless with God.

 

2 Corinthians 4:7 
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

This week, Casey Greenawalt shared with us that our unique personalities have potential with God. Over the next four days, we will look at the keys to unlocking our potential and the lies that keep us from it. As we start this week’s LivingItOut Bible Study, let’s begin with prayer. Let’s ask God to help us see the value in how he made us and to ultimately use our personality to live out our potential.

Questions:
What challenges or opportunities are in this upcoming season of your life?

Do you often find yourself trying to tackle challenges on your own?

Next Steps:
Dedicate yourself to praying first throughout this week. Pray before you make that important phone call or send that text. Pray before you enter your meetings! Pray first before you interact with your kids or a family member. In everything you do, pray first.

Participate in 21 Days of Prayer. You can find out more at cedarcreek.tv/21days. (Download the personal prayer guide. Share a request for prayer. Download the parent resource.)

Prayer:
God, you are everything I need. I want to come to you first, at the beginning of each day. Help me to connect with you throughout this 21 Days of Prayer. I love you. Amen.

21 Days of Prayer – Day 8            
Today’s Prayer Focus: Those who don’t know Jesus – Pray for your unbelieving friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors.

Together, lets pray for those around us (insert specific names) that God would draw their hearts to him, that our friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors would begin to understand how much God loves them and develop a relationship with him.


This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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