Dear God, put within my hand the seeds YOU want me to sow that deepen the roots of your love in this world. Too often I focus on what I think, need and want and so seeds of self-focus rather than focusing on YOU in me. HELP me to feel your love and recognize all of the ways you come to me throughout my day. For I know I cannot give out what I have not experienced within. Sift my motives so that my heart is convicted to release selfishness that fuels ugly behavior. I want your LOVE to be the motive behind the seeds of my behavior. More of you, less of me.
Learning Objective: Learn how to get unstuck and move forward. Understand the powerful connection Jesus made between positive transformation and taking action.
Scriptures: Matthew 16:24-26 | Mark 2:4-12 | Luke 9:23-25| John 5:1-12 |Matthew 14:22-33
Dear God, help me to understand the powerful 3 step invitation Jesus often used to free people from bondage to their situation: Stand up, pick up your mat and walk forward. Help me to apply the learnings contained in today’s scripture to my own “mat” that too often keeps me stuck. I want to know what it feels like to trust that you have my back in all situations. That you call me out of the boat of familiarity into unchartered waters to accomplish things beyond what my eye can see, ear can hear or mind can comprehend. Have your way with me in spite of myself. When I pray and ask for your help I trust that you will give me an action step to take that will transform me out of the ways of the world into the grace of your freedom.