DAY 23 — The work that we are taking part in is not a simple and short endeavor. Pray that the Lord would grant us the strength to count the costs and follow hard after Him.
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
WEEK 5 - VISION AND COMMITMENT
This is the last week before we host a massive event, launch a church, and meet many new people. In light of this, we must keep our view on the holistic vision of where we are going, but also be attentive to the details of preparation. All of the things that we are doing exist as a greenhouse so that we can provide places for people to come face to face with Jesus. Our efforts do not stop at these events but move far beyond it as God continues to bring people into our efforts. This is a life-long journey that we must count the costs of. Every person that is met over the next month is someone who can become a Life Group Stakeholder, then Leader, then Teacher, and so on. Own the impact of every moment for the glory of God, but look beyond this to the day when every knee will bow and confess Jesus as Lord.
Pray the Scripture
First, Read the Scripture aloud and pray the exact words back to God. Second, go back through it verse by verse, and in your own words pray to God based on the words in Scripture. Third, take notes of what God revealed to you in that time.
Sometimes we may run out of words to say, or maybe you are someone that cannot stop talking to God. In either case, we need to grow comfortable with sitting and growing quiet to hear from the Lord. Remember to rest in God’s presence so that you can hear Him when he speaks to you.
In your time of prayer, write down what is you are praying for so that you can look back to see what God did. Also, write down what God is revealing to you. We like to think we will remember everything, but humans are pretty forgetful beings.