I was dreading reading today’s dare. I didn’t want another altar call for Jesus. I wanted something practical, tangible, and directed at Kristin. However, I worked up the courage and went ahead to read it. The result: pros and cons.
It was still a dare tugging on the soapbox sermon rope, and it was not a dare directed at Kristin. That kind of sucked. On the bright side, there was actually something to do! I was to spend time reading scripture and time in prayer. I went ahead and did both. Although I need to be honest and say that my Bible reading time was a little light and half-hearted.
I’ve been struggling all year to have consistant and quality time with God. Because I am a youth pastor, I sometimes trick myself into thinking God and I are close in relationship because of the sheer amount of time I actually spend reading the Bible and praying. I believe God and I are close, but sometimes work can distort my motivation to read scripture and pray. Similarly, the motivation to spend time with God via a love dare muddles things up for me. The purpose isn’t necessarily for me any longer, but rather for Kristin’s sake. The authors have good intentions, but I need to want to spend time with God on my own and not because of a 40-day marriage improvement plan.
Today was wonderful and simply. In spite of its simplicity, it was quite powerful. I was to pray for Kristin throughout the day.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
I’m not necessarily saying I’m righteous – at least on my own accord. Rather, as a believer, given the Holy Spirit to guide me, I can rest assured that God hears my prayers and is answering them according to His will.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Kristin, I hope you had a wonderful day! I will keep praying for you!
It’s an awful, horrible, terrible, no good thing to do.
Unfortunately, I’ve been flirting with my inner eyelids a little too often recently, and I don’t feel that bad about it.
If I want to combat this “problem,” I’m sure that I simply need to change my posture from sitting to standing. However, I kind of like the idea of falling asleep in Jesus’ metaphysical arms. What better way to enter our dreams than with a little nudge from J.C. and a soft embrace from our Father?!
I mean, I want to accomplish and accumulate some serious prayer time by the end of the year, so I’ll work on getting to bed sooner. At the same time, I’m fairly certain Jesus is cool regarding my prayer shenanigans – as long as my heart is in the right place!