Asking is important.
I spent years not reading the Bible. I am not sure how it happened but I just somehow managed to lose touch. My prayer life went as well and I had a growing sense of discontent about church (why is it soooo boring??). For way too long I walked away from the disciplines that are essential to growing my faith: reading the Bible, prayer, fellowship and dealing with sin. And the funny thing is that I really didn’t see it as an issue, didn’t bother me most of the time. And I look back and realise that there was no one in my life asking me the simple yet totally key questions: how is your Bible reading? How’s the prayer life? How you finding church? What sin are you struggling with right now? I don’t know, maybe because I was a leader in the church they assumed I was sorted. Well I wasn’t, far from it.
I think we need to ask each other those questions regularly:
How is your Bible reading? How’s the prayer life? How you finding church? What sin are you struggling with right now?
It opens up discussions that should happen and need to happen if we are to be real with each other as Christian brothers and sisters. It is not about being judgemental, but encouraging each other deeper into the presence of God. The questions need to be asked in love.
The reading above is clear when it says: ‘Here I am, I have come’: that I need to be ready and available to do God’s will. God’s will should be absolutely central in my life, everything should be secondary to the pursuit of God’s will. How do I discover God’s will? O my God; your law is within my heart. By absorbing and understanding the Bible, through prayer and fellowship. And I cannot get close to God without first facing and confessing my sin. So I need to be doing the basics often.
So let me start, how am I going with the basics?
My Bible reading needs to be every day, it has slipped a bit to every second day.
I want to pray more, I am falling in love with prayer, and could pray way more if time permitted!
I have started attending Church Online by Lifechurch.tv, which is very cool.
I am struggling with sin but I know that Jesus forgives me when I come to Him humbly and seek to make changes.
So what about you? Let me ask you: How is your Bible reading? How’s the prayer life? How you finding church? What sin are you struggling with right now?
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
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